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Josef + Anni Albers Foundation

This jewel-toned 1956 “Homage to the Square” by Josef Albers is smaller than most, in the rare dimensions of 12 x 12 in. The painting is featured alongside work by 26 artists in the benefit exhibition for Thread Senegal at David Zwirner Gallery, 19th Street, New York. Thread was established by the Albers Foundation to provide an artist residency and community center in rural Senegal, whose collaborative initiatives include providing a venue for markets and classes in agriculture. For more information visit "Homage to the Square" is on view through July 21.
Josef Albers, “Homage to the Square,” 1956, oil on masonite. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ARS, NY. Photo:@vasilikaliman #albersfoundation #josefalbers #homagetothesquare #interactionofcolor #davidzwirner #threadsenegal @thread_senegal @davidzwirner

On the occasion of “Anni Albers: The Prints,” Galleria Carla Sozzani is hosting a conversation with Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of the Albers Foundation; Fabrice Hergott, director of The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Silvia Sfligiotti, graphic designer, professor, and critic of visual communication. The event takes place on Monday, July 17, 6:30pm, at Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan. The exhibition, which features 31 works on paper by Anni Albers—including lithographs, engravings, and screenprints from 1969 to 1978—together with archival photographs of the artist continues through September 3.
Anni Albers, “DO I,” 1973, screenprint. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ARS, NY #annialbers #printmaking #screenprint #milan @mbalelocle @alancristea @galleriacarlasozzani

In 2014 the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation established @thread_senegal, our artist residency and community center in rural Senegal. Since then, Thread’s collaborative enterprises with the people of Sinthian have seen 135 local women eliminate hunger during the season of famine, and over 30 artists from 18 countries find and share inspiration there. Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27, a benefit exhibition opens at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, to launch an endowment for Thread. We are grateful to all 26 artists who donated their work, and to the whole team at Zwirner for their vision and generosity.
Opening reception tomorrow, June 27, 6-8pm, at David Zwirner Gallery, 19th Street, New York
All images © Giovanni Hänninen/The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation #sinthian #threadsenegal #albersfoundation #artistresidency #davidzwirner @thread_senegal @davidzwirner

This is the last weekend to catch the special exhibition "Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas," on view at the Yale University Art Gallery through this Sunday, June 25. The exhibition brings together works by both Anni and Josef Albers alongside the ancient art they collected on multiple trips to Mexico and Peru beginning in the 1930s.

Meanwhile, the bright and informative exhibition catalogue for "Small-Great Objects" is available in our online bookshop at ...
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Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman is leading a paper construction workshop tomorrow, June 22, at the MoMA, New York. Participants will experiment with form, structure, and design principles using the simplest of materials: paper. The workshop draws on exercises that Josef Albers used at Black Mountain College, the experimental art school in North Carolina where he was an influential instructor from 1933 to 1950. Albers considered material knowledge and manual skill to be of the utmost importance. Principles of structural strength, rhythm, precision, and a material’s limitations are the focus of these exercises. Free with admission. Not appropriate for children under age 10. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop session (sessions are 1:00-2:30pm and 3:30-5:00pm). For more information visit
Josef Albers examining a folded paper construction with students at Black Mountain College, 1946. Photo: Genevieve Naylor. #josefalbers #blackmountaincollege #paper #albersandeducation #moma @themuseumofmodernart

We found an uncanny resemblance between The New Yorker’s cover this week and the page proofs we’re working on for the new edition of Anni Albers’s “On Weaving” (out this September with Princeton University Press). Thanks to @newyorkermag and @peterdeseve for the humor break, and good luck to everyone with their knots. @princetonupress #onweaving #annialbers

Anni Albers ​had the revolutionary idea of using commercial photo-offset technique for her printmaking following a visit to Fox Press in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972.  As always, she observed the processes and technique and let it guide her; rather than impose her vision on a method that might not be suited to it, she delighted in letting the requisites of her new tools guide her. She also took immense pleasure in responding to happenstance. In the print below, Anni was inspired by the random way that, when she was studying the proofs of a print that was simply white voids within a black field, a transparent negative fell on top of a glossy Velox, creat​ing unexpected illusion​s.​ ​The printers were able to make a single plate for the new compounded image, and produced Anni's vision as one would print a black and white photograph. A second run through the press simply served to put a spot varnish on the already glossy paper. Anni developed “Floating” ​as a by-product of her “Orchestra” ​series, which resulted from her watching an outdoor music performance at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. The white diamond shapes ​came to her from the sight of ​ sheet music flapping in the wind, ​with the gray areas evoking the shadows​ formed by the movement of clouds above​. “Floating” is on view in “Anni Albers: The Prints” opening tomorrow, June 16, at Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan.
Anni Albers, “Floating,” 1980, photo-offset. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ARS, NY #annialbers #printmaking #photooffset #orchestra #milan @galleriacarlasozzani

Continuing to celebrate Anni Albers's birthday with the forthcoming new and expanded, full-color edition of her pivotal book “On Weaving,” out this September in association with Princeton University Press. The book is available now by pre-order at the link in our bio. A Spanish-language edition of "On Weaving" "Del tejer" will also be released to accompany the monographic exhibition "Anni Albers: Touching Vision" opening at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao this October.
#annialbers #albersfoundation #onweaving #deltejer #textiles #bauhaus #blackmountaincollege #handwoven #architecture @princetonupress @museoguggenheim

Today is Anni Albers’s birthday! Born in Berlin in 1899, she began her studies at the Bauhaus in Weimar when she was 22 years old. Here in the weaving workshop she first began working on the loom and learning her way with threads. Over the course of her 60-plus year career she would become one of the most innovative and influential textile artists of the 20th century, creating subtle abstract works of art, bold wall hangings, and sophisticated architectural fabrics, in addition to experimental jewelry and prints all tied together in her highly original voice. Albers became an expert on the history of weaving as well as an influential advocate for its future and the potential of new materials. She gathered her findings in her pivotal 1965 book “On Weaving.” On the occasion of her 118th birthday we’re thrilled to announce a new, expanded, full-color edition of “On Weaving,” out this September in association with Princeton University Press and available now by pre-order (link in profile). Happiest birthday Anni!
Images: (1) Anni Albers, Europe, 1930-33, photograph by Josef Albers. (2) Cover of the new edition of Anni Albers’s “On Weaving” (3) Anni Albers, Display material sample, 1949, cotton, silk, lurex, and metallic foil. Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ARS, NY #annialbers #albersfoundation #onweaving #textiles #bauhaus #blackmountaincollege #handwoven #architecture @princetonupress @museumofmodernart

Here’s a vignette from Butte, Montana, where Josef Albers’s print portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” is on view in “Josef Albers—Formulate: Articulate” at the Foreground Gallery through July 23. On Saturday, July 15, the Albers Foundation will be giving color and paper-folding workshops. The exhibition is part of Butte’s first-ever summer Light and Color Festival, which includes events and activities across the city. For more information, visit #josefalbers #formulationarticulation #buttemontana #foregroundgallery #colorandlightfestival

Anni Albers followed the lead of her materials—in this case cotton, cellophane, and braided horsehair—to create a room divider that provides privacy while allowing light and rhythm to connect two spaces, enhancing the architecture of the room. Albers made the piece for her 1949 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the first-ever solo show at the museum dedicated to a textile artist. The room divider is again on view at the MoMA in “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction” through August 13.
Anni Albers, Free-Hanging Room Divider, ca. 1949, cotton, cellophane, and braided horsehair. Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: @christy_gast #annialbers #weaving #abstraction #makingspace @themuseumofmodernart

Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman is leading all-day workshops on Josef Albers’s "Interaction of Color" on June 29 and 30 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Fritz will guide participants through some of Albers's classic exercises such as “make three colors become four” and “four color worlds.” Registration is required and space is limited. Please visit for more information. #albersandeducation #albersfoundation #interactionofcolor @92ndstreety

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