We don’t have an image of this object online yet. V&A Images may have a photograph that we can’t show online, but it may be possible to supply one to you. Email us at vaimages@vam.ac.uk for guidance about fees and timescales, quoting the accession number: E.60:6-1994
Find out about our images

Image of Gallery in South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case Y, Shelf 86, Box ABOVE

Embossed Linear Constructions. A suite of eight plates in a cloth-bound portfolio. Printed and published by Gemini GEL, Los Angeles.


Print - Embossed Linear Constructions

Object details

Object type
TitleEmbossed Linear Constructions. A suite of eight plates in a cloth-bound portfolio. Printed and published by Gemini GEL, Los Angeles.
Materials and techniques
Inkless embossed engraving
Brief description
Print - Embossed Linear Constructions
  • Each sheet height: 51.3cm
  • Each sheet width: 66.4cm
  • Printed surface height: 20.5cm
  • Printed surface width: 45.9cm
Each sheet: 51.3 x 66.4 cm Printed surface: 20.5 x 45.9 cm
Credit line
Given by the Josef Albers Foundation
Object history
Exhibitions: See note on Alviani at E.2

The technique by which these prints were produced represents a development from the blind etching used in his Intaglio Solo series of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Kenneth Tyler, Master Printer at Gemini G.E.L., described the process: "The very precise line drawings of Albers dictated the use of mechanical means to assimilate his drawings into embossings. Investigations led to a system of programmed tape engraving. Collaboration between the artist, myself and an engineering programmer established the exact profiles for each line and the proper thickness of paper. The engineering programmer translated the original artist's drawing to a digital mylar tape. The tape then directed an automatic engraving mill, with specially designed cutting heads which cut into the printing plates the mirror image of the original drawings. Embossing ...was executed in a hydraulic forming machine. The use of heat and excessive pressure secured the image permanently into the mould-made paper fibres."
Accession number

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest feedback

Record createdApril 1, 2009
Record URL
Download as: JSON