Anni Albers and Ancient American Textiles: From Bauhaus to Black Mountain

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"Anni Albers was a founding member of the Bauhaus weaving workshop. Her teachers and colleagues at the Bauhaus included Itten, Kandinsky and Klee. Their intellectual study of the achievement of what was called primitive art, then rapidly filling German museums, was crucial both in making the case for the status of that art, and in establishing a model for the discussion of modern abstract work. Albers's own investigation of the techniques and abstract designs of ancient American weavers led her to argue that their skill was unsurpassed in the modern world, and to employ those techniques in her own work." Virginia Gardner Troy continues Albers's story beyond the Nazis' closure of the Bauhaus to her emigration to America, with her husband Josef, where she took up a teaching post at Black Mountain College. There Albers was able to build up a significant collection of ancient Peruvian textile art, now housed in the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, U.S.A., and to establish an international reputation for her own textiles. Extensively illustrated, this book offers a fascinating insight into Anni Albers's work and the history of the re-evaluation of ancient skills and techniques in weaving.
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Troy (art history, Berry College) explores the relationship between Anni Albers<-->founding member of the Bauhaus weaving workshop<-->and the influence of the Andean weavers of ancient Peru on Albers' approach to textile design. Coverage includes historical background to Albers work; Andean textiles in German primitivist discourse and ethnographic scholarship, and at the Bauhaus; Albers' years at the Bauhaus, in the U.S. and Mexico, and at Black Mountain College; and the artist's pictorial weavings in the 1950s and 1960s. Academic but accessible to general readers with an interest in art, art history, and textile design. Illustrated with b&w and color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754605010
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Some historical background 5
Ch. 2 Andean textiles in German primitivist discourse and ethnographic scholarship, 1880-1930 25
Ch. 3 Andean textiles at the Bauhaus 39
Ch. 4 Anni Albers at the Bauhaus 73
Ch. 5 Anni Albers in the United States and Mexico 97
Ch. 6 Anni Albers at Black Mountain College: weaver, teacher, writer, and collector 129
Ch. 7 Anni Albers: pictorial weavings in the 1950s and 1960s 147
Notes 163
Select bibliography 181
Index 187
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