Josef Albers (1888–1974) was German, and investigated color relationships within painted fields of nested squares. Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964) was Italian, and painted household objects in humble tonalities, ennobling the unremarkable. So while different in their aesthetic pursuits, these two artists were similar in their pure persistence, embarking on decades-long quests to examine single motifs or techniques. After two seminal shows in 2005, which saw Albers displayed at Museo Morandi in Bologna and Morandi displayed at the Albers Museum in Germany, this exhibition places the pair side-by-side, comparing their uses of color, shape, form, and morphology, as well as the devotion at the heart of their work. —E.C.
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