Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may not be a fan of Donald Trump—a fact she made widely known in a controversial interview with the New York Times earlier this week—but we learned today that she has a long-standing admiration for another figure of German-immigrant origins, the late artist and Bauhaus professor Josef Albers.
“When she and [her late husband Martin Ginsburg] were first starting out, they didn’t have much money so they rented an Albers from the MoMA art rental program,” said Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, during a press event this morning. Later, when Bader Ginsburg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the foundation donated a yellow “Homage to the Square” print to the Supreme Court in her honor. (Albers believed yellow was the color of healing.)
It’s not hard to imagine why someone as devoted to law and order as Ginsburg would be, as Fox Weber said, “passionate for Albers’s work”—a practice as finely attuned to the logic of line, color, and form as they come.
—Rachel Corbett (@RachelNCorbett)
A work from Josef Albers‘s “Homage to the Square” series