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Anni Albers

& others. Yale Univ. Aug. 2018. 192p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780300237252. $50. FINE ARTS
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Accompanying a traveling retrospective, this catalog successfully shows Anni Albers's role in the development of 20th-century modernism, familiarizes the public with her art, and questions the hierarchy of mediums. Albers studied and worked at the Bauhaus in the 1920s; taught at Black Mountain College, NC, in the 1940s and at Yale University in the 1950s and 1960s. Her "pictorial weavings" were meant only to be looked at, as opposed to her "functional textiles" created for architecture and interiors. At the end of the 1960s, she began focusing on printmaking, which brought her more recognition than her weaving, which she noted bitterly. Art scholar Briony Fer (Univ. Coll., London) discusses how, through Albers's work, weaving became a modernist medium at the intersection of pictorial abstraction, technology, and architecture. Easily understood essays by other curators and professors explain the artist's place in the history of international abstract movement and her drive to make an ancient craft into modern art.
VERDICT Thoroughly researched and with high quality images that do justice to the color and dimensionality of Albers's weavings, this book will interest fiber artists and historians and students of modern art and architecture.

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