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"Anni Albers"
2000-05-28 until 2000-08-20
Jewish Museum
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Anni Albers is considered the foremost textile artist of the twentieth century. Born in Berlin on June 12, 1899 she studied weaving and taught at the Bauhaus until it was closed in 1933, and afterwards immigrated to the United States where she continued to make innovative textiles and prints until she died in Orange, Connecticut in 1994.

From the time she was a young student at the Bauhaus, she created wall hangings that stand on their own as abstract works of art, comparable in their boldness and modernism to some of the bravest paintings of the epoch. In her upholstery, drapery fabrics, and other functional materials, Albers made the thread and structure synonymous with the appearance. Rather than disguise the components, she exulted in them. She bravely broke from the tradition in which textiles reproduced naturalistic imagery or decorative ornament. Anni Albers is made possible at The Jewish Museum through the generous support of the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; Cotronics Corporation through Mr. and Mrs. Barry Reznik; Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich Weismann; the Joseph Alexander Foundation; the Alfred J. Grunebaum Memorial Fund; and other generous donors. The exhibition was organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT, and curated by Nicholas Fox Weber and Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi. The installation was designed by Gae Aulenti.


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