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What is this?

The album cover image consists of a grid of black dots arranged in ten stacked rows on a white field. Some of the dots that form the eleventh row float above the others and create a syncopated rhythm. The words Persuasive Percussion are printed across the top edge of the cover.
Top right, printed in black: Stereo / RS 800 SD
Bottom right printed in black: C 1959 Award Publishing Corporation
Bottom right black dot has a symbol resembling an "A"

Why is this in our collection?

This is one of a set of seven album covers (1959–61) designed by Josef Albers for Command Records. The compositions for the series are abstract, relying on differences of scale and color to convey syncopation, rhythm, and tone. In Persuasive Percussion, dots appear to be released from a rigid grid of dots below to hover randomly in space. Albers, principally associated with the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, prior to teaching at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, was instrumental in developing the Department of Design at Yale University. His investigation of color theory is best known through his series of paintings and prints, Homage to the Square (begun in 1949), and his publication, Interaction of... more

This is a record album sleeve from United States. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 2009. Gift of Mathew Weaver in honor of Lenora N. and Robert J. Weaver. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

offset lithograph on white wove paper, gate-fold cardboard, black vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record

Its dimensions are

Closed cover: 31.6 x 31.6 cm (12 7/16 x 12 7/16 in.) Open cover: 31.6 x 63.4 cm (12 7/16 x 24 15/16 in.)

This object was designed by Josef Albers

This object was donated by Mathew Weaver

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