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Anni Albers
Necklace, ca. 1940
aluminum washers on beige/gray grosgrain ribbon
31 1⁄2 in. (80 cm)

2018 Lower Hutt, New Zealand

The Language of Things features over 100 artists from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand whose work reveals how personal meaning develops from the often unusual materials and processes used in the field of contemporary jewelry. Visitors can expect to see beautifully crafted, wearable pieces as well as installation, photography and video, including a necklace made of scissors; a woman covered in brass leaves and a screening of jewelry appearances in films over the last 80 years.

Anni Albers
Study for unexecuted wallhanging, 1926
gouache with pencil on photo offset paper
15 x 9 3/4 in. (38.1 x 24.7 cm)
Anni Albers
With Verticals, 1946
cotton and linen
61 × 46.5 in. (154.9 × 118.1 cm)
Anni Albers
Red and Blue Layers, 1954
24 1/4 × 14 3/4 in. (61.6 × 37.8 cm)
Anni Albers
Knot, 1947
gouache on paper
17 × 20 in. (43.2 × 51 cm)

2018 Düsseldorf + London

Anni Albers is a full-scale retrospective bringing together the most important examples of her work, from beautiful small-scale creations to wall hangings. The exhibition further explores the textiles Albers designed for mass-production and her use of new technologies and synthetic fibers. As a student at the radical and ostensibly egalitarian Bauhaus art school, Anni Albers, like other women, was barred from becoming a painter. Instead she enrolled in the weaving workshop and made textiles her means of expression. Albers rose to become an influential figure, exploring the technical limits of hand-weaving to pioneer innovative uses of woven fabric as art, architecture, and design.

Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: New Gate, 1951
oil on masonite
Josef Albers
Gitterbild (Grid Mounted), ca. 1921-22
glass assemblage
12 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. (32.4 x 28.9 cm)
Josef Albers
Park, ca. 1923
glass, metal, wire, and paint
19 1/2 × 15 in. (49.5 × 38.1 cm)
Josef Albers
Design for a universal typeface, ca. 1926
ink and pencil on paper
8 5/16 x 11 3/4 in. (21.1 x 29.8 cm)
Josef Albers
Tea glass with saucer and stirrer, 1925
heat resistant glass, chrome-plated steel, ebony, porcelain
Glass: 2 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (5.7 × 8.9 cm)
Saucer: 4 1/4 in. (10.5 cm) diameter
Stirrer: 4 × 1/2 in. (10.3 × 1.1 cm)
Josef Albers
Tenayuca I, 1942
oil on masonite
20 x 35 3/4 in. (50.8 x 90.8 cm)

2018 Essen

Josef Albers: Interaction presents approximately 130 works by the German-born artist at the Villa Hügel, the former residence of the industrialist family Krupp in Essen. The retrospective shows a broad range of Albers's work, including paintings, glass and paper works, photographs, and furniture. The exhibition begins with Albers's time at the Bauhaus and then continues to his years in America, exploring themes such as his interest in Mexican landscape and culture and his dedication to the interaction of color in his series, Homage to the Square. A spectacular selection of large-sized paintings from the United States, Germany, and Switzerland represents what it means to think color. Albers said: "Color challenges me as the most relative medium in art."

Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: On an Early Sky, 1964
oil on masonite
48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm)
National Gallery of Australia

2018 Canberra, Australia

American Masters 1940–1980 examines how European émigrés such as Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, and Josef Albers influenced a generation of young Americans to challenge local traditions and reinvent modern art. It also highlights the sensational international impact of the era's major artists, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse, and Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition features works from the NGA's collection of American art, including its world-class holdings of paintings and works on paper by the New York School, most famously Pollock's Blue poles, Sol Lewitt's huge wall drawing (remade for the show) and a selection of spectacular light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier, and James Turrell.