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Anni Albers

Kate Marsden

Last week I visited the new Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern. This was always going to be a must see for me but with my recent new thing for weaving I wanted to get down there as soon as posible!

  Anni Albers   Eclat  1974, Silkscreen on woven fabric, 3000 x 450 mm, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Knoll Textiles / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Eclat 1974, Silkscreen on woven fabric, 3000 x 450 mm, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Knoll Textiles / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers was a student of the Bauhaus, who as a woman was discouraged from painting and enrolled in the weaving workshop instead. Albers pioneered innovative uses of woven textiles in art, architecture and interiors, and the exhibition shows a very wide range of her work.

 Anni Alberts in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College 1937

Anni Alberts in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College 1937

  Anni Albers   Intersecting  1962, Pictorial weaving, cotton and rayon, 400 x 419 mm, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Intersecting 1962, Pictorial weaving, cotton and rayon, 400 x 419 mm, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

I visited late in the day and felt that it was a little overwhelming for one visit, so I’m glad it runs until late January as that should give me the chance to go and see it again. I did however leave with a burning desire to get out the graph paper and my little hand loom!

  Anni Albers   Wall Hanging  1926, Mercerized cotton, silk, 2032 x 1207 mm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. and Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1969 © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Wall Hanging 1926, Mercerized cotton, silk, 2032 x 1207 mm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. and Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1969 © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

When I return I’m planning to spend more time studying the individual weavings and small sample pieces. I did spend quite some time trying to work out how she’d produced some of the examples there - so very far beyond my skill level, but inspiring nevertheless!

  Anni Albers   TR II  1970, Lithograph, 50.5 x 55.6 cm, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London, Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art

Anni Albers TR II 1970, Lithograph, 50.5 x 55.6 cm, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London, Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art

Anni Albers is at Tate Modern until 27 January 2019. Find our more about the exhibition here.