Anni Albers
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Vintage Print, not signed or numbered on front, in original period metal frame, by artist Anni Albers.

Berlin, Germany, b. June 12, 1899, d. May 9, 1994
Anni Albers was a German-American artist who worked primarily in textiles and, late in life, as a printmaker. She is considered the preeminent textile artist of the 20th century.

Albers was born Annelise Else Frieda Fleischmann on June 12, 1899 in Berlin, Germany. Of Jewish descent, her mother was from an aristocratic family in the publishing industry and her father was a furnituremaker. Her interest in art and the visual world was seeded in her childhood and she began painting early on. While studying under an Impressionist from 1916 to 1919, she received harsh criticism from the artist Oskar Kokoschka who viewed her work and bluntly asked, why do you paint?

Shortly thereafter, she left the comfort of her affluent lifestyle to attend art school, an environment that contrasted sharply with that of her upper class upbringing. In 1920, she attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg for only two months but eventually arrived at the Bauhaus at Weimar in April of 1922.

In her first year, she studied under Georg Muche and Johannes Itten. However, at the time, women were barred from pursuing certain disciplines at the school, particularly architecture. When she was not admitted to a glass workshop with her future husband Josef Albers, she reluctantly switched tracks to weaving. Under the instruction of Gunta Stölzl, Albers came to love the challenges unique to weaving's tactile construction.

Anni and Josef Albers married in 1925. By that time, Josef had become a "Junior Master" at the Bauhaus. When the school moved to Dessau that year and refocused on production over craft, Albers began to develop a number of functionally unique textiles. She combined the properties of sound absorption, light reflection, durability, and devised ways to minized wrinkling and warping.

When Gropius left Dessau in 1928, the Albers moved into the teaching quarters next to Paul Klees and the Kandinskys. The couple began traveling extensively during this period, taking trips through Italy, Spain, and the Canaries.

Under pressure from the Nazi party, the Bauhaus at Dessau was closed in 1932. After a temporary move to Berlin, it closed permanently in August 1933. Philip Johnson invited Anni and Josef to teach at North Carolina's experimental Black Mountain College. The pair would be instructors at Black Mountain until 1949. Soon after moving to the U.S., Anni Alber's weavings were shown through the country. During this time, she also published numerous articles on textiles and design with this work culminating in a 1949 show at the Museum of Modern Art. A show for a textile artist was the first of its kind at MoMA. Extremely popular, the show toured the U.S. from 1951 until 1953, establishing Albers as the most well-known weaver of the time. The Alberses continued to travel, making several trips to Mexico and South America where they developed an interest in collecting pre-Columbian artwork. In 1949, Josef Albers became the chair of Yale's design department. He and Anni moved to Connecticut and for the first time she began working from her home. Throughout the 1950s, Anni Albers worked on creating mass-producible fabric patterns, producing the majority of her pictorial weavings, and publishing articles and On Designing, a collection of her writings. In 1963, Albers was introduced to printmaking through a Tamarind Lithography Workshop while accompanying her husband on a lecture circuit to Los Angeles. Albers was immediately taken by the technique and soon refocused her creative efforts on lithography and printmaking.

Details

  • Movement & Style
    Op Art
  • Condition
    Good. Minor wear to frame. very minor damp staining to one corner. .
    Dimensions
    16.25 in. H x 16.25 in. W
  • Dealer Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU3822044163
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