In 1922, Anni Albers became a student at the Bauhaus. Because she was a woman, she was refused entry into the painting workshop. She turned instead to textiles and would devote much of her ensuing artistic career to hand-weaving.
As part of the Tate Modern’s growing commitment to textile art, the London institution is presenting a major retrospective called “Anni Albers.” The exhibition encompasses her abstract studies, tapestries, and more, featuring over 350 objects. The curatorial team, led by Ann Coxon and Briony Fer, aimed to explore the intersection of art and craft.
Elsewhere in London, the Alan Cristea Gallery is exhibiting prints by Albers for “Connections: Prints 1963 – 1984.” The late artist devoted the end of her life to printmaking. Lithographs, screen prints, and etchings show a vibrant maker enthralled with color, form, and line. The gallery show highlights the influence of travel on Albers, including trips to Mexico with her husband Josef Albers.
In 1985, Anni Albers reflected on the difference between mediums: “I find that, when the work is made with threads, it’s considered a craft, when it’s on paper, it’s considered art.” Shows such as the one at Tate Modern are challenging that notion.
“Anni Albers” is at London’s Tate Modern until January 27th.
“Connections: Prints 1963 – 1984” is at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery until November 11th.