Anni Albers: On Weaving
New Expanded Edition
By Anni Albers. Contributions by Manuel Cirauqui and T'ai Smith. Afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber
The classic book on the art and history of weaving—now expanded and in full color.
Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.
With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.
Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book’s original black-and-white illustrations with full-color photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Artists: Anni Albers
Contributors: Nicholas Fox Weber, Manuel Cirauqui, T'ai Smith
Designer: Yve Ludwig
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 in | 21.6 x 27.9 cm
Reproductions: 105 color, 28 b&w
Retail: $49.95 | £41.95
Anni Albers (1899–1994) was a textile artist, designer, printmaker, and educator known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, weavings, and designs. She was born in Berlin, and studied painting under German Impressionist Martin Brandenburg from 1916 to 1919. After attending the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg for two months in 1920, she enrolled at the Bauhaus in 1922 and joined the faculty in 1929. At Black Mountain College from 1933 to 1949 she elaborated on the technical innovations she devised at the Bauhaus, developing a specialized curriculum that integrated weaving and industrial design. In 1949 she became the first designer to have a one-person show at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the exhibition Anni Albers: Textiles subsequently traveled to 26 venues throughout the United States and Canada. Her seminal book On Weaving, published in 1965, helped to establish design studies as an area of academic and aesthetic inquiry and solidified her status as the single most influential textile artist of the twentieth century.
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Nicholas Fox Weber
Nicholas Fox Weber is executive director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He is also the author of thirteen books, among them The Art of Babar (1989), Patron Saints (1992), Balthus: A Biography (1999), The Clarks of Cooperstown (2007), and Freud’s Trip to Orvieto (2017).
Manuel Cirauqui is curator at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
T’ai Smith is associate professor of art history at the University of British Columbia and the author of Bauhaus Weaving Theory.