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Spring 2013

Anni Albers

Anni Albers, “Material as Metaphor'” in Selected Writings on Design:

“How do we choose out specific material, our means of communication? “Accidentally.” Something speaks to us, a sound, a touch, hardness or softness, and as we go along we learn to obey their rules and their limits. We have to obey, and adjust to those demands. Ideas flow from it to us and though we feel to be the creator we are involved in a dialogue with our medium. The more subtly we are tunes to our medium, the move inventive our actions will become. Not listening to it ends in failure…What I am trying to get across is that material is a means of communication. That listening to it, not dominating it, makes us truly active, that is: to be active, be passive. The finer tunes we are to it, the closer we come to art.” Feb 25, 1982

[via Eva Hesse Drawing, edited by Catherine De Zegher]

Anni Albers was a German-American textile artist and printmaker, and is one of the best know textile designers of the 20th century.

1994-15-24

Untitled, n.d., cotton & gimpe, plain weave honeycomb

1994-15-91

Untitled, n.d., knitted

anialbers12

Open Letter, 1958, cotton

1994-10-177

Drawing from a notebook, 1970, pencil on paper

1994-10-123

Drawing from a notebook, 1970, pencil on paper

1994-10-188

Drawing from a notebook, 1978, pencil and pen on paper

1994-10-130

Drawing from a notebook, 1970, pencil on paper

1994-10-117

Drawing from a notebook, 1970, pencil on paper

1994-10-22

Study for Camino Real, 1967, gouache on paper

1994-10-46

Study for DO III, 1973, gouache on paper

 1994-10-136

Drawing from a notebook, 1970 pencil and pen on paper

1994-11-52

Second Movement V, 1978, etching/aquatint

[images via The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation]

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