The last home where Josef and Anni Albers lived, in New Haven, Connecticut, had almost nothing on the walls. There were however four Homages to the Square in the living room and in Anni’s bedroom a single painting by Josef from 1939, titled Equal and Unequal: two black parallelepipeds, different yet similar, facing one another. And it is precisely in this work that Nicholas Fox Weber, author of the first imposing monograph on the artists, found the perfect graphic synthesis to describe an “independent yet interdependent couple”, of two powerful and autonomous individuals, with a magnetic attraction to one another. This is the starting point for Fox Weber, who for over 40 years has been the executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, an art critic and author of 15 monographs, to describe the human, professional, artistic and cultural adventure of Josef Albers (1888-1976) and Anni Fleischmann Albers (1899-1994). “I was lucky to have met them back in 1970,” he writes in the introduction: he was 22, and they were 71 and 82, Anni (“more adventurous”) and Josef (“with an extraordinary eye for simple and elegant forms”). Since then, he never stopped seeing them, until Josef passed away in 1976 and Anni, 20 years later. A perfect combination of philological precision with an intimate tone, this enthralling biography (512 pages), magnificently illustrated in 750 images (including archive photos and documents), often lets the words of the artists speak for themselves. In an essential way, the book is divided into five periods: youth, first of Josef and then Anni; the Bauhaus; Black Mountain College; Connecticut, where Josef directed the Yale Design Department; and the final years of Anni without Josef. Friends also make an appearance: architects, like Philip Johnson, a great admirer of Anni and her textile work, and Richard Buckminster Fuller, a colleague from Black Mountain College; artists John Cage and Merce Cunningham; designers Ray and Charles Eames. Letters, documents and, naturally, their works paint a portrait of a couple joined at the hip, well rooted in their times. A sort of Hollywood golden couple, like Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. But this is another story.