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
By the time of his death in 1976, Albers had produced more than 1,000 works in the Homage to the Square series. He called the works “platters for color” because he used the pigments right out of the tubes instead of mixing them to create unique colors. He was investigating the ways colors interact—in this case, how the light grays affect the light blue. Although a part of the series, this piece is smaller because it’s a study for a larger piece.