Anni Albers: Selected Writings on Design by Anni AlbersAnni Albers: Selected Writings on Design by Anni Albers

Anni Albers: Selected Writings on Design

byAnni Albers, Nicholas Fox WeberEditorBrenda Danilowitz

Hardcover | April 16, 2001

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Anni Albers (1899 - 1994) was one of the most influential textile designers of the 20th century. Born in Berlin, in 1922 she became a student at the Bauhaus in Weimar, where she met her husband, Josef Albers. From 1933 to 1949 Albers taught at Black Mountain College. The fifteen essays gathered here illustrate Anni Albers's concept of design as the pursuit of wholeness -- "the coalition of form answering practical needs and form answering aesthetic needs." This beautifully illustrated book addresses the artistic and practical concerns of modern design and considers the ever-changing role of the designer.

Albers's work is in private collections and in those of leading museums both here and abroad. Among them are the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum Neue Sammlung in Munich, the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin, and the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. Her previous books include On Weaving (1965) and On Designing (1961), both published by Wesleyan
Title:Anni Albers: Selected Writings on DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 9.3 × 8.28 × 0.55 inPublished:April 16, 2001Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819564478

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Table of Contents

Foreword – Nicholas Fox Weber
Introduction – Brenda Danilowitz
A Start
Weaving at the Bauhaus
Work with Material
Art – A Constant
On Jewelry
One Aspect of Art Work
Constructing Textiles
Design: Anonymous and Timeless
Review of Ben Nicholson’s Paintings, Reliefs, Drawings
The Pliable Plane: Textiles in Architecture
Conversations with Artists
Weaving, Hand
Designing as Visual Organization
Tactile Sensibility
Material as Metaphor

Editorial Reviews

"Anni Albers brings an extraordinary order to weaving. She distinguishes 'useful' weaving (the worn, walked-on, and sat-upon) from the 'useless' (the pictorial), but in her hands both share the virtue of being unique as works of art. Masterful with the hand loom, Anni Albers exerts a similar mastery over the machine in so ordering her design that the machine also produces a work of art." - Paul Schweikher, former Head of the Department of Architecture, Carnegie Institute of Technology