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Interaction of color

Josef Albers (Author)
Josef Albers's Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers's singular explanation of complex color theory principles. Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since 1963, Interaction of Color remains an essential resource on color, as pioneering today as when Albers first created it. Fifty years after Interaction's initial publication, this new edition presents a significantly expanded selection of close to sixty color studies alongside Albers's original text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. A celebration of the longevity and unique authority of Albers's contribution, this landmark edition will find new audiences in studios and classrooms around the world
Print Book, English, 2013
50th anniversary edition ; 4th edition View all formats and editions
Yale University Press, New Haven [Connecticut], 2013
xi, 193 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
9780300179354, 0300179359
Color recollection : visual memory
Color reading and contexture
Why color paper : instead of pigment and paint
A color has many faces : the relativity of color
Lighter and/or darker : light intensity, lightness ; Gradation studies : new presentations ; Color intensity : brightness
1 color appears as 2 : looking like the reversed grounds
2 different colors look alike : subtraction of color
Why color deception? : after-image, simultaneous contrast
Color mixture in paper : illusion of transparence
Factual mixtures : additive and subtractive
Transparence and space-illusion ; Color boundaries and plastic action
Optical mixture : after-image revised
The Bezold Effect
Color intervals and transformation
The middle mixture again : intersecting colors
Color juxtaposition : harmony : quantity
Film color and volume color : 2 natural effects
Free studies : a challenge to imagination ; Stripes : restricted juxtaposition ; Fall leaf studies : an American discovery
The Masters : color instrumentation
The Weber-Fechner Law : the measure in mixture
From color temperature to humidity in color
Vibrating boundaries : enforced contours
Equal light intensity : vanishing boundaries
Color theories : color systems
On teaching color : some color terms ; Explanation of color terms ; Variants versus variety
In lieu of a bibliography : my first collaborators
Plates and commentary
Original edition: 1963