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Anni Albers

(1899-1994

Color lithograph on Arjomari paper under Plexiglas, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA pub./prntr., with full margins

Anni Albers (1899-1994, American) "TR I," 1969 Color lithograph on Arjomari paper under Plexiglas, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA pub./prntr., with full margins Edition 43/44, signed and dated in pencil lower right: Anni Albers / 69, blindstamped for Gemini G.E.L. and the copyright symbol, titled and numbered in pencil lower left, stamped for Gemini G.E.L. and numbered verso: AA68-215 Sheet: 19.75" H x 21.75" W; Image: 14" H x 16" W Literature: G., 211 Notes: German born, American artist Anni Albers (1899-1994) is known for closing the gap between craft and fine art, but doing so was not her original intent. In the early 1920s when Anni studied at the infamous Bauhaus, an avant-garde German school for art and design, her heart was set on becoming a painter. However, she was coerced into pursing weaving classes instead…a more female-friendly art form. Despite the precarious origins of her beginnings in textiles, the loom proved to be a constant companion as she created woven works of art for over 40 years. It wasn't until her 60s that she moved away from the physical demands of the loom and began producing works on paper made through various printmaking processes. Color lithographs like the one shown above is a very involved process with each color requiring a separate stone. Anni's husband, Josef Albers was a well-known artist and color theorist. Anni and Josef shared a devotion to color but expressed it very differently. Josef gave Homage to the Square and focused on a methodical approach to the interaction of color; while Anni's use of color came across as more expressive even though it was still often contained in geometric shapes. Although her later works were on paper, Anni Albers brought her rich textural background into her impactful color lithographs.