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Anni and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, 1938. Photograph by Theodore Dreier

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Anni Albers
Line Involvement II, 1964
lithograph
14 3/4 × 19 3/4 in. (37.4 × 50.5 cm)
1994.11.5.b

2021 New York

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft over the past seven decades. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums.

While artists' reasons for taking up craft range widely, many aim to subvert prevalent standards of so-called "fine art," often in direct response to the politics of their time. In challenging accepted ideas of taste—whether by embracing the decorative or turning away from traditional painting and sculpture in favor of functional items like bowls or blankets—these artists reclaim visual languages that have typically been coded as feminine, domestic, or vernacular. By highlighting marginalized modes of artistic production, these artists challenge the power structures that determine artistic value.

Drawn primarily from the museum's collection, the exhibition includes over eighty works by more than sixty artists, including Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Eva Hesse, Mike Kelley, Liza Lou, Ree Morton, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine Reichek, and Lenore Tawney.

Anni Albers
DO V, 1973
screenprint
sheet: 25 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (65.1 x 65.1 cm)
1994.11.30

2020 Berlin

31: Women references two groundbreaking presentations held at Peggy Guggenheim's New York gallery Art of This Century, the Exhibition by 31 Women, 1943, and The Women, 1945. The initiator and co-curator was Marcel Duchamp, who was Guggenheim's friend and advisor. These were the first exhibitions in the United States that focused, to this extent, exclusively on women artists. The women represented a young generation, from eleven different countries. In terms of content, representatives of Surrealism found themselves alongside abstract painters, Dada-influenced artists and previously unknown new trends.

Taking its lead from these important founding documents of feminist art history, the exhibition 31: Women, with some sixty works from the Daimler Art Collection, brings two longstanding emphases of the collection into sharper focus. The concentration on leading female figures in twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and the research and projects conducted since 2016 on Duchamp, curatorial practice, and the readymade. 31: Women begins, in historical terms, with works from the Bauhaus and concrete art traditions, moves on to European and American movements such as Zero and Minimalism, and then broadens the horizon with younger artists from India, South Africa, Nigeria, Chile, Israel, the United States, and other countries. The exhibition brings together early feminist trends and global perspectives of contemporary art in surprising constellations and thematic stagings.

Anni Albers
TR III, 1970
screenprint
sheet: 16 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (42 x 47 cm)
1994.11.21
Installation view, The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree, Camden Arts Centre, London (2020). Photo: Rob Harris

2020 London

The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree brings together the work of over 50 artists, spanning more than 500 years, to investigate the ongoing significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness, and spirituality. In doing so it highlights the subjectivity and being of plants, their influence on various knowledge-forms and wisdom-traditions, and how we engage with and activate them in culture, counter-culture, art, and music. Featuring the work of Anni and Josef Albers, Consuelo Chelo Gonzalez Amezcuelo Amexcua, Anna Atkins, Hilma af Klint, Henri Michaux, and textiles and ceramics from the Shipibo-Conibo people, among many others.

Installation view, Pasajeros 04: Anni Albers, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2020). Photo: Abigail Enzaldo and Emilio García
Installation view, Pasajeros 04: Anni Albers, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2020). Photo: Abigail Enzaldo and Emilio García
Installation view, Pasajeros 04: Anni Albers, Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2020). Photo: Abigail Enzaldo and Emilio García
Anni Albers, Mitla, Mexico, 1936–37
photograph by Josef Albers
1976.19.5729

2020 Mexico City

Passersby 04: Anni Albers explores the way in which the artist's trips to Mexico influenced her work in different fields, and considers the personal and professional relationships forged through this experience. The exhibition analyzes Albers's oeuvre and draws parallels between modern artistic practices and the ancient and contemporary cultures of America.

Anni Albers visited Mexico thirteen times with her partner, Josef Albers. Together they amassed a significant collection of pre-colonial ceramic miniatures from different cultures in what is now Mexico. At the same time, Anni acquired textile pieces for the Harriet Engelhardt Memorial Collection at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Her travels through different regions of Mexico, in search of archaeological sites, textiles and other local crafts, significantly influenced her work and thinking.

Through documents, objects, photographs, reproductions and works by Anni Albers, as well as contributions by other artists, this exhibition offers a contextualized reading of Anni Albers's passage through Mexico.

Josef Albers teaching at Yale, 1955–56
Photograph by John Cohen

2020 Vancouver

Uncommon Language delves into various modes of language used in modern and contemporary art. Touching on questions of abstraction, spirituality, subjectivity and embodiment, Uncommon Language features a wide range of artworks by local, Canadian and international artists from the Vancouver Art Gallery's collection. Artists include Josef Albers, Sonny Assu, Allyson Clay, Beau Dick, General Idea, Jenny Holzer, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Ann Kipling, Lui Shou Kwan, Attila Richard Lukacs, Ken Lum, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Françoise Sullivan, Cy Twombly, Rachel Whiteread, and Zhu Jinshi, among others.

Josef Albers
Squares: Blue and Cobalt Green in Cadmium Green, 1958
oil on masonite
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Private collection

2020 Dusseldorf, Germany

Masterpieces showcases new acquisitions and works from the collection of Ludorff Gallery, featuring works by Josef Albers, Imi Knoebel, Emil Nolde, and Gerhard Richter, among many others.

Josef Albers
Variant X, 1967
from the portfolio Ten Variants
screenprint
17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
1976.4.173.10

2021 Chichester, England

Degas to Picasso: International Modern Masters includes the work of more than fifty artists from the late 19th to the end of the 20th century. Featured artists include Josef Albers, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, Käthe Kollwitz, and Édouard Vuillard, among many others.

Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, 1973
oil on masonite
16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (41.9 x 41.9 cm)
1976.1.239
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, 1973
oil on masonite
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (40 x 40 cm)
1976.1.237
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, 1973
oil on masonite
16 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (42 x 42 cm)
1976.1.240
Josef Albers
Homage to the Square, 1968
oil on masonite
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (40 x 40 cm)
1976.1.173

2021 New York

Albers and Morandi: Never Finished explores the formal and visual affinities and contrasts between two of the twentieth century's greatest painters: Josef Albers and Giorgio Morandi. Looking specifically at the stunning palettes of Morandi's celebrated tabletop still lifes depicting humble vessels and vases and Albers's seminal Homage to the Square series, the exhibition elucidates how the two artists' careful daily acts of duration and devotion allowed each to highlight the essence of color and the endless possibilities of their respective visual motifs.

 

2021 Charlotte, North Carolina

Josef Albers
Structural Constellation: Duo H, 1966
machine-engraved plastic laminate mounted on acrylic panel
5 x 13 3/4 in. (12.7 x 34.9 cm)
1976.8.1897

2021 New York

Anni Albers
DR XVI (B), 1974
ink on paper
14 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (37.1 x 29.8 cm)
1994.10.55

2021 New York

Pure Form explores the formal qualities of abstraction, highlighting the ways modern and contemporary artists have expanded the boundaries of art by exploring the inherent qualities of their media, materials, and forms. The exhibition includes works that date from the 1950s through the present. Featured artists include Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Carol Bove, Mary Corse, Suzan Frecon, and Ray Johnson, among others.