Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 has won the prestigious AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2017 award. Each year, a panel of judges at the AIGA Design Archives selects the 50 best-designed books and book covers from the last twelve months for its long-standing Fifty Books of the Year competition. Published by David Zwirner Books, Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 has been selected from over eight hundred designs from more than forty countries, and has won in the 50 Covers category. The book, which has also been shortlisted for the 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards, was designed by Sarah Schrauwen and printed in Italy by VeronaLibri. Donald Judd Writings, published by Judd Foundation / David Zwirner Books, and Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, published by David Zwirner Books / Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenbergwere were both recognized in the 50 Books category last year.
Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 is a facsimile of the only known notebook compiled by the artist. For ten years beginning in 1970, Albers used her graph paper notebook to compose drawings and complex patterns relating to her large body of graphic work, as well as studies for her late knot drawings. This rare and previously unpublished document of her working process follows Albers's deliberations and progression as a draftsman in their original form, revealing the way she explored patterns piece by piece, line by line in a visually dramatic and mysteriously beautiful series of geometric arrangements. The publication includes an afterword by Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
"An exquisitely produced new book reveals the playful experimentation of original Bauhaus member Anni Albers, cementing her reputation as a powerful force in the graphic arts amidst a flurry of major solo shows," Felix Bazalgette writes in a review of the publication for Elephant.
A major retrospective of Anni Albers's work opens at Tate Modern in London this month, following its debut presentation at K20 Grabbeplatz in Düsseldorf.
Cover Image: Images: Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980. Photo by Kyle Knodell