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“Sonic Albers” examines artist Josef Albers’s relationship to music, musical imagery, and sonic phenomena. Organized in collaboration with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the show provides a far-reaching look at this under-explored facet of the artist’s practice. It features a wide selection of paintings, glassworks, drawings, and ephemera from throughout Albers’s career, including a number of the album covers he designed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The “Sonic Albers” exhibition will be on view at the David Zwirner Art Gallery until February 16 2019. While Albers is recognized for his experimental investigations of color, spatial form, and visual experience, Albers often found analogies to and inspiration for his work in the compositional and structural qualities of music. In his seminal 1963 art text, Interaction of Color, Albers associated the relationship of colors in a work of art to that of music, writing: “Hearing music depends on the recognition of the in-between of the tones, of their placing and of their spacing,” to which he similarly noted that “colors present themselves in continuous flux, constantly related to changing neighbors and changing conditions.” These overlapping qualities of music and color are evident in Albers’s signature Homage to the Square paintings (1950–1976) and also his earlier Variant/Adobe series (1946–1966).