Art: Think!

I believe that thinking is necessary in art as everywhere else and that a clear head is never in the way of genuine feelings.

One of the nation's most influential art teachers likes to fling these fighting words into the teeth of the abstract-expressionist storm. Josef Albers, chairman of the design department at Yale, clearly deplores self-expression of the big, drippy, half-conscious sort made chic by Jackson Pollock & Co. "What we need is less expression and more visualization," he says. "I try to teach my students to visualize."

What Albers sets himself to visualizing...

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