This is a facsimile reproduction of a graph-paper notebook kept by the artist, Anni Albers. For ten years, Albers would fill the notebook regularly with intricate drawings for her large body of graphic work as well as studies for her late knot drawings. The notebook follows Albers’ deliberations and progression as a draftsman in their original form. It reveals the way she went about making complex patterns, exploring them piece by piece, line by line, in a visually dramatic and mysteriously beautiful series of geometric arrangements.
An afterword by Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, contextualizes the notebook and explores the role studies played in the development of Albers' work.
Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a textile artist, designer, printmaker and educator known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, weavings and designs. She was born in Berlin, Germany where she studied with Martin Brandenburg from 1916 to 1919. In 1922, Albers enrolled at the Bauhaus and joined the faculty in 1929. She came to the stats and taught at the famous Black Mountain College from 1933 to 1949 where she elaborated on the technical innovations she devised at the Bauhaus, developing a specialized curriculum that integrated weaving and industrial design. She was the first designer to have a one-person exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her 1965 book On Weaving, helped to establish design studies as an area of academic and aesthetic inquiry. Her career has solidified her status as the single most influential textile artist of the 20th century.
Hardcover, 7.75 inches x 10 inches, 152 pages, David Zwirner Books, November 2017.