Anni Albers (1899-1994) was a German textile designer, weaver, and printmaker, and among the leading pioneers of 20th-century modernism. Although she has heavily influenced generations of artists and designers, her contribution to modernist art history has been comparatively overlooked, especially in relation to that of her husband, Josef. In this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated volume, Albers's most important works are examined to fully explore and redefine her contribution to 20th-century art and design and highlight her significance as an artist in her own right. Featured works--from her early activity at the Bauhaus as well as from her time at Black Mountain College, and spanning her entire fruitful career--include wall hangings, designs for commercial use, drawings and studies, jewelry, and prints. Essays by international experts focus on key works and themes, relate aspects of Albers's practice to her seminal texts On Designing and On Weaving, and identify broader contextual material, including examples of the Andean textiles that Albers collected and in which she found inspiration for her understanding of woven thread as a form of language. Illuminating Albers's skill as a weaver, her material awareness, and her deep understanding of art and design, this publication celebrates an artist of enormous importance and showcases the timeless nature of her creativity.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name held at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, K20, June 9-September 9, 2018, and Tate Modern, London, October 11, 2018-January 27, 2019.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-173, 177) and index.
Anni Albers : a many-sided artist / Ann Coxon and Maria Müller-Schareck -- Close to the stuff the world is made of : weaving as a modern project / Briony Fer -- Works. The Bauhaus workshops / Magdalena Droste ; Monumental : developing a wall covering / T'ai Smith ; Black Mountain College exercises / Briony Fer ; Discovering Monte Albán / María Minera ; Tangles, knots, braids, loops and links / Brenda Danilowitz ; Anni Albers as collector / Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye ; Exhibiting textiles : MoMA 1949 / Priyesh Mistry ; The language of threads / Maria Müller-Schareck ; Temple commissions and Six prayers / Ann Coxon ; Process and metamorphosis : printmaking / Nicholas Fox Weber ; An artistic legacy / Ann Coxon
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