David Zwirner is pleased to participate in TEFAF in the inaugural New York spring edition of the pre-eminent European art and antiques fair. The gallery will present a selection of works by Anni Albers, Josef Albers, and Ruth Asawa—three artists whose lives and artistic practices found mutual inspiration during the late 1940s as part of the avant-garde community at Black Mountain College.
The gallery has held two solo exhibitions of Josef Albers’s work since announcing exclusive worldwide representation of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in May 2016: Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Laddersin New York in November 2016, and Sunny Side Up in London in January 2017. Josef Albers (1888-1976) is considered one of the most important abstract painters of the twentieth century. His wife Anni (née Annelise Fleischmann; 1899-1994) is recognized as the most influential textile artist of the period. The two artists met in 1922 at the Bauhaus in Germany, and were married in 1925. After emigrating to the United States in 1933, the Alberses taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina until 1949. At the fair, the gallery will show drawings, paintings, and studies by both artists, and—for the first time—furniture designed by Josef Albers.
David Zwirner announced exclusive representation of the Estate of Ruth Asawa in January 2017. An influential sculptor, devoted activist, and tireless advocate for arts education, Asawa (1926-2013) is best known for her extensive body of hanging wire sculptures, a group of which will be on view in the gallery’s booth. Asawa enrolled at Black Mountain College in 1946, where she absorbed the teachings and influences of the Alberses, Buckminster Fuller, and Merce Cunningham, among others, and embraced her own vocation as an artist. Also on view will be selected sculptures and works on paper by Asawa from this period.