Throughout his more than thirty years of art instruction at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, Yale, and elsewhere, Josef Albers carefully collected and documented the classroom exercises produced by his students. He saved or photographed hundreds of drawings, color studies, and other works, and the resulting collection of photographs, slides, and student exercises is compelling, concrete evidence of the astonishing fecundity and diversity of Albers’ teaching.
Albers prized studies that excited him, including works that showed technical brilliance, a creative take on an old problem, or daring solutions that didn’t quite succeed. In addition to preserving favorite exercises, documenting the work his students produced also allowed Albers to gauge the efficacy of his teaching and to explain his teaching to others. Albers’ two major publications on his teaching, Interaction of Color (1963) and Search vs. Research (1969), both prominently feature student work.