Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Woman Artist - Anni Albers (1899-1994)

"We learn courage from art work. We have to go where no one was before us. We are alone and we are responsible for our actions. Our solitariness takes on religious character; this is a matter of my conscience and me." Anni Albers

Anni Albers, Color Study (reds and orange), 1970 Gouzche and Pencil on paper

Anni Albers (1899-1994) was born in Berlin & studied at the Bauhaus, where she met her future husband & teacher, Josef.

Anni Albers, Enmeshed I, 1963 Lithograph

When the Bauhaus was closed by the Nazis in 1933, the Alberses moved to North Carolina, where they taught at Black Mountain College in Asheville until 1949.

Anni Albers, Red Meander, 1969. Serigraph

They then moved to Connecticut, where Josef Albers was named chairman of the Department of Design at the Yale University School of Art in 1950.

Anni Albers, Orchestra III, 1980 Photo Offset

Anni Albers, a textile maker and print maker, won critical acclaim for her imaginative use of materials and innovative weaving techniques.

Anni Albers, Scroll Design, 1960 Gouache on Graph Paper

She exhibited her work in a show at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1949 and both lectured and wrote about the field.

Anni Albers, Second Movement II, 1978 Etching Aquatint

Later in life she developed an interest in printmaking.

Anni Albers, Second Movement II, 1978 Etching Aquatint

While she incorporated the same sense of abstract form and geometric design found in her textiles, she also experimented with varying shades of color, as demonstrated in "Red Meander."

Anni Albers, Wall XI, 1984 Watercolor on Silkscreen