THE INGENIOUS WEAVER
Examine works from Anni Albers whose work influenced generations of artist and designers around the world.
Text: Becky Randolph
Anni Albers (1899-1994), born Annelise Else Frieda Fleischmann in Berlin into an affluent family became interested in the arts at an early age even studying under impressionist artist Marin Brandenburg. At the age of twenty-two, she became a pupil at the infamous German fine art school, Bauhaus. Although, Bauhaus declared gender equality by accepting both men and women, the powers that be discouraged women from learning certain academic subjects such as painting. Consequently, Anni began weaving. It was at Bauhaus where she found her means of expression through textiles, met influential artists like Wassily Kandinsky, and was introduced to her husband, Josef Albers. With the rise of Nazism, Bauhaus shut its doors, and Albers left Germany. Albers moved to the United States in 1933, where she taught and traveled through Central and South America collecting artifacts and immersing herself in an ancient culture that later inspired her work. In her later years, Albers began translating her ideas into two-dimensional form with printmaking.
Discover Albers crucial contributions to modern art and design through textiles as well as many aspects of Albers practice through over 350 works at London’s Tate Modern in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. The show on view through January 27, 2019 examines her incredible body of woven works of art that were inspired by her journeys through Mexico, Chile and Peru including large-scale pieces such as Ancient Writing 1936 and With Verticals 1946. The major retrospective brings together Albers most important works from major collections in the US and Europe, bestowing Albers the long overdue recognition she deserves.