A textile work by Anni Albers, titled In Orbit, dated 1957.
A textile work by Anni Albers, titled In Orbit, dated 1957.
A textile work by Anni Albers, titled In Orbit, dated 1957.
"Cool, rhythmic, and almost indecently gorgeous"
The New York Times, review by Jason Farago

“[Paul] Klee’s famous lesson to his students to 'take a line for a walk' found its shrewdest interpreter in [Anni] Albers, who let her thread slide and skitter across the grid of the loom, and then went in by hand to add supplementary wefts that dance over the warp. In wall hangings like Haiku (1961), a chunky thread of black wool gambols down an earth-toned weaving of cotton, hemp, and glinting metallic thread—descending like a fabric line on a tipsy promenade.

The highlight is Albers’s recently rediscovered tapestry “Camino Real”: a major work never before seen outside Mexico City, where it was commissioned for a hotel built for the 1968 Olympics. Ten feet square, it agglutinates irregularly alternating triangles of pink, scarlet and wine into a syncopated pattern that seems to shift and fizzle.”

Read the full review in The New York Times

Anni Albers is on view at  537 West 20th Street in New York through October 19, 2019.

Image:  Anni Albers, In Orbit, 1957