The German-born Josef Albers (1888-1976) was an artist obsessed with form and colour since his days at the Bauhaus from 1920. Following the rise of the National Socialists and the subsequent demise of the Bauhaus in 1933, Albers accepted a teaching post at Black Mountain College, North Carolina. Albers was 75 when he first met Ken Tyler at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, where both had been granted fellowships in 1963.

Soon after Tyler established Gemini GEL in January 1966, he contacted Albers, proposing that they work together on a series of lithographs - which became White Line Squares, so influential in the history of printmaking.
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