Decorating the White House with Smithsonian Art
Continuing a Washington tradition, the Obamas selected artwork from the Smithsonian collections to hang in their historic home
- By Abby Callard
- Smithsonian.com, August 04, 2009
(Josef Albers / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)
Oil on fiberboard
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
After leaving Germany, Albers went on to teach at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina. There, he taught such artists as Robert Rauschenberg. The titles for his Homage to the Square series were usually abstract. “I don’t think he was interested in a one to one correspondence between the title and the color, but Midday really does seem to correspond to the title,” Brougher says. The bright orange and yellow surrounded by blue suggest the sun at noon.