Anni Albers

German / American (1899-1994)

Born in Berlin, Albers studied weaving and taught at the Bauhaus until it was closed by the Nazis in 1933. She had married her professor there in 1925, Josef Albers, and the two immigrated to the United States where they taught at Black Mountain College, NC and later lived and worked in Connecticut.

Albers is considered one of the foremost textile artists of the twentieth century, and from her time as a young student at the Bauhaus she created wall hangings that stand on their own as abstract works of art. She took up printmaking in the 1960s and produced only about fifteen lithographs and silkscreens.

Exhibitions (selected)

Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1938-39 (Bauhaus exhibition), 1949-53 (traveling exhibition of textiles), 1949 (solo textile exhibition)
Golden Gate Exposition, San Francisco, 1939
Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1949
MIT, 1946
Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii, 1954
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1959
Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, 1959
Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin, 1975

Collections (selected)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Art Institute of Chicago
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Smithsonian, Washington, DC