Anni Albers, Wall Hanging, 1984, wool, 98"x89". Collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Anni Albers did not intend to pursue textiles when she entered the Bauhaus School, but it was the only course available to her. As history shows, she immersed herself in its potential, taking full advantage of the array of nuanced filaments, as well as the density of each fiber's saturation. She included knotting and intertwining as methods to enrich the textures. She worked primarily in geometric patterns, and her palette was always surprising for its focus and elegance. Albers was the first weaver to receive a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, which now boasts prime examples of her output. In a show on the Bauhaus in 2009, her textiles stood out amid a who's who of the influential German movement, which was ultimately shut down by the Nazis.
|Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, 1937. Photo: Helen M. Post|
Anni Alber's husband, Josef, teaching at Black Mountain College. Photo: Hazel Larsen Archer
Black Mountain Songs plays BAM Harvey November 20—23.