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NOVEMBER 14 New books "Josef Albers in Mexico" and "Anni Albers: Notebook 1970-1980" are now available

NOVEMBER 11 "Homage to the Square" paintings are on view in the new Louvre Abu Dhabi

AUGUST 10 Anni Albers "On Weaving" Book Party and Design Conversation takes place on September 19

JULY 27 Albers Foundation staff lead workshops at Publicolor

JUNE 27 David Zwirner Gallery hosts benefit exhibition for Thread Senegal

JUNE 12 Albers Foundation and Princeton University Press are publishing a new, expanded edition of Anni Albers's "On Weaving"

APRIL 28 Josef Albers's "Tenayuca I" rediscovered

MARCH 7 Albers Foundation celebrates the second anniversary of Thread

FEBRUARY 8 New Greek and Japanese editions of Interaction of Color are now available

JANUARY 30 We do not come first.

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Josef Albers in Mexico and Anni Albers: Notebook 1970-1980 are now available.

New books "Josef Albers in Mexico" and "Anni Albers: Notebook 1970-1980" are now available

Two new books on Josef and Anni Albers bring to light lesser-known aspects of each artist's work. Josef Albers in Mexico accompanies the exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The show reveals the link between the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and Albers's abstract works on canvas and paper. During numerous visits to Mexico, Albers took black-and-white photographs of pyramids, shrines, sanctuaries and landscapes, which he later assembled into rarely seen photo collages. The resulting works demonstrate Albers's continued formal experimentation with geometry, this time accentuating a pre-Columbian aesthetic. Featuring 110 vivid color reproductions, an illustrated map, and two scholarly essays that illuminate this period in the influential artist's practice, the book is available through the Guggenheim.

Anni Albers: Notebook 1970-1980 is a beautiful facsimile showing the pencil drawings the artist made for her prints. Beginning in 1970, Anni Albers filled her graph-paper notebook regularly until 1980. This rare and previously unpublished document follows Albers's deliberations and progression as a draftsman, revealing the way she made complex patterns, exploring them piece by piece, line by line in a visually dramatic series of geometric arrangements. The book will be available in late November through David Zwirner Books.

Josef Albers's Study for Homage to the Square, 1963, and Study for Homage to the Square: With Aura, 1959, are on view in the permanent collection galleries of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Craig Taylor

"Homage to the Square" paintings are on view in the new Louvre Abu Dhabi

On November 11, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened. Its impressive building has only one gallery devoted to the art of the last century. Starting about three years ago, with the Galerie Denise René as the conduit, the Albers Foundation was informed that the Louvre wanted to buy work by Josef for that space, so that Homages to the Square could hang alongside masterpieces by Klee and Mondrian as the quintessence of what was achieved in abstract painting. The Louvre, in an elaborate selection process, settled on three 18 x 18 in. Homages to the Square that they acquired from the Foundation. For Josef's work to be in a branch of the Louvre in the same space as Leonardo da Vinci's La Belle Ferronière, Claude Monet's Saint-Lazare and Henri Matisse's Still Life With Magnolia has him in the echelon he deserves.

Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, 1937, photograph by Helen M. Post. Courtesy of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina 

Anni Albers "On Weaving" Book Party and Design Conversation takes place on September 19

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation is delighted to announce a new, expanded, full-color edition of Anni Albers's On Weaving, published by Princeton University Press. This updated version of the pivotal 1965 book will be available in September.

Please join us for the launch party and a public conversation, moderated by Brenda Danilowitz, chief curator of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The participants are Glenn Adamson, curator and theorist who works across fields of design, craft, and contemporary art; Christina Kim, artist, textile designer, and founder of the Los Angeles-based clothing brand dosa; and Billie Tsien, architect and partner at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

A reception follows the discussion, giving you a chance to speak with the panelists as well as Albers Foundation staff members and discover "the event of a thread" in Anni Albers's own words. On Weaving, which will be for sale during the event, is now available for preorder.

The talk and reception are free and open to the public. Registration for
 the talk is required and is available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets are available here.

Special thanks to Vitra for their kind generosity. Additional support has been provided by Artek.

Students in Publicolor's Summer Design Studio experimented with geometric forms in Josef Albers's 1926 typeface during a workshop led by staff from the Albers Foundation (July 2017)

Albers Foundation staff lead workshops at Publicolor

A team from the Albers Foundation traveled to Brooklyn to lead workshops for high-school students participating in Publicolor's Summer Design Studio at Pratt Institute. In one class students looked at the building blocks of Josef Albers's 1926 typeface and built upon the geometry to create new letter forms and experiment with legibility. Other classes considered material awareness and pliability and the use of texture within architectural spaces. Exercises were based on Anni and Josef Albers's teaching methods of hands-on experimentation and careful observation. This was the fourth-annual collaboration with educators and students at Publicolor, a nonprofit organization that engages high-risk students in their education with design-based programs that mentor them for success in college and career. For more information, visit publicolor.org.

Thread Senegal, 2017. Photograph by Giovanni Hänninen

David Zwirner Gallery hosts benefit exhibition for Thread Senegal

The Albers Foundation is pleased to announce a benefit exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, in support of Thread, the Senegal-based nonprofit established in 2015 by the Foundation. The exhibition features twenty-eight works, together with photographs by Giovanni Hänninen depicting Thread and its surroundings. With this fundraiser, Thread will be able to establish an endowment so that it can operate in perpetuity in the region.

Opened in March 2015, Thread is an artists' residency and community center in Sinthian, a village in the southeastern region of Senegal with a population of nearly 1,000. The Albers Foundation initiated the project in an isolated part of sub-Saharan Africa to allow painters, dancers, photographers, and other artists from all over the world, as well as from within Senegal, to pursue their own work while also interacting with the local community.

Thread's collaborative enterprises with the people of the region have grown significantly since its inception. Thread now provides agricultural training, and is home to an unprecedented cooperative of some 135 local women who grow and sell nutritious legumes and vegetables—thus eliminating, for the first time, hunger during the season of famine, while also providing income to its members. Thread has also become home to music and dance festivals, soccer tournaments, daily study halls, English classes, and village meetings. In addition, Thread, unlike other local spaces, offers a public gathering place for the female population of Sinthian, as well as teenagers from the surrounding area.

Featured artists include Tomma Abts, Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, Carol Bove, R. Crumb, Raoul De Keyser, Marlene Dumas, Marcel Dzama, William Eggleston, Suzan Frecon, Donald Judd, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Oscar Murillo, Alice Neel, Raymond Pettibon, Neo Rauch, Ad Reinhardt, Bridget Riley, Al Taylor, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, James Welling, Christopher Williams, and Lisa Yuskavage.

Cover of the new, expanded edition of Anni Albers's On Weaving, available from Princeton University Press in September 2017

Albers Foundation and Princeton University Press are publishing a new, expanded edition of Anni Albers's "On Weaving"

On the occasion of Anni Albers's 118th birthday, we are thrilled to announce a new, expanded, full-color edition of her pivotal 1965 book On Weaving, out this September in association with Princeton University Press. Anni Albers first began working on the loom and learning her way with threads at the Bauhaus in Weimar when she was 22 years old. Over the course of her 60-plus year career she would become one of the most innovative and influential textile artists of the 20th century, creating subtle abstract works of art, bold wall hangings, and sophisticated architectural fabrics, in addition to experimental jewelry and prints all in her highly original voice. Albers became an expert on the history of weaving as well as an influential advocate for its future and the potential of new materials. She gathered her findings in On Weaving and the book remains an influential and important treatise for artists, makers, designers, weavers, students, teachers, and historians. The 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. The new edition of On Weaving is available for pre-order at indiebound.org

Josef Albers
Tenayuca I, 1942
oil on masonite
20 x 35 3/4 in. (50.8 x 90.8 cm)
2017.1.1

Josef Albers's "Tenayuca I" rediscovered

The nuances of Josef Albers's Tenayuca I in person are startling: the two shades of red in soft brush strokes, the hot pink border and thin stripe of white, the gentle grays animating the white shapes (which are the ground peeping through—Albers used a house paint before acrylic gesso became widely available). The painting is new to the Albers Foundation. For decades its existence was known to us only through a black-and-white photograph from a small Swiss archive. Every attempt to find the actual artwork failed. But it was a painting worth looking for: the Mesoamerican pyramid at Tenayuca was a subject of great interest to Albers. Tenayuca I was the first in a series of six works of the same title, along with numerous drawings, studies, and prints, and well over one hundred photographs taken of the site during journeys made to Mexico between 1935 and 1967. The painting was rediscovered early this year through a surprising correspondence with a private collector. Tenayuca I will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, this November in an exhibition exploring the work of Albers and his many visits to Mexico.

Three members of the Sinthian women’s agricultural collective are learning to weave, using locally produced cotton—some of it handspan in the village—thanks to artist-in-residence Johanna Bramble. Photo: Andrew Sequin

Albers Foundation celebrates the second anniversary of Thread

Thread, the cultural center and artists' residency in Sinthian, Senegal, celebrates its second anniversary. Since opening in 2015, the center has hosted 36 different artists from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, most of whom have engaged with the Sinthian community by offering workshops, learning local techniques, or collaborating on site-specific projects.

Thread is also an important venue in the village for markets, study halls, cultural performances, meetings, and agricultural training. The latter has already had a profound impact on life in the village; a collective of 140 local women are using the skills they learned at Thread to grow enough food for their families to last throughout the dry season, and are earning income from the surplus, too.

The Albers Foundation and its philanthropic affiliate Le Korsa, which focuses on medical and educational facilities in rural Senegal, support Thread and bring together creative resources to help alleviate challenges of the region. For more information, visit thread-senegal.org and aflk.org.

New Greek and Japanese editions of Josef Albers's Interaction of Color join the numerous translations of the book.

New Greek and Japanese editions of Interaction of Color are now available

Josef Albers's landmark Interaction of Color was first published in 1963 by Yale University Press, followed by a pocket edition in 1971. Since then, the book has been translated into German, Finnish, Japanese, Estonian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean paperback editions—all still in print—and now for the first time in Greek (Antiyle 2016). The new Japanese Interaction of Color is a fiftieth anniversary edition, including additional full-color plates (BNN, Inc., 2016). In 2017 a Russian-language edition will be printed, bringing the total number of translations to fifteen. The digital version of Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 2013, continues to be available as a mobile app for iPad (interactionofcolor.com). More information on the history of Interaction of Color is available here.

Josef and Anni Albers are pictured aboard the S.S. Europa in New York City, Nov. 25, 1933, as they arrived from Germany. (AP Photo) © 2017 Associated Press

We do not come first.

We are patriotic Americans who run two nonprofit organizations based on the premise that all people, everywhere, have equal rights to the benefits of earthly life. We deplore nationalism, racism, and sexism. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation does its best to make the glories of great art available to everyone, everywhere. The Alberses—refugees from Nazi Germany for whom the US was a haven—revealed the wonders of color, textiles, and artistic process so that they could be enjoyed all over the planet. Le Korsa—our organization in Senegal—provides medical care, education, nutrition, and cultural enrichment to our African friends in some of the poorest and most isolated regions of the world, where living conditions are arduous. Our Women's Health Center in Dakar enables a large female population to have whatever care they desire. We are currently building a school, graced by the local Marabout, in a Muslim village on the far side of the Gambia River where there has never before been a school of any sort; it will teach boys and girls together, as the villagers have requested, and enable them to advance in splendid new ways.

To us, being American means not putting ourselves first, but using the privileges we have to serve our fellow human beings by making their needs our priority. We work to serve our extraordinary colleagues—in museums from Oslo to Lima, in the hospitals and villages of West Africa—because Everyone comes first.

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (albersfoundation.org)
Le Korsa (aflk.org and thread-senegal.org)