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SEPTEMBER 23 Josef Albers's mural Manhattan is recreated for 200 Park Avenue, New York

SEPTEMBER 10 Camino Real is seen for the first time outside Mexico City

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Installation view of Josef Albers's Manhattan, MetLife building, New York City (2019)

Josef Albers's mural Manhattan is recreated for 200 Park Avenue, New York

In 1963, Josef Albers was commissioned by architect Walter Gropius to create a large-scale mural for the new Pan-Am building adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Based on Albers's 1928 glass construction, City, the mural was a monumental 55-foot-wide by 28-foot-tall work of art gracing the commutes of millions over the course of nearly 40 years. In 2000 the mural was removed during a building renovation. Now, after nearly 20 years, and with the enthusiastic support of Tishman Speyer, the building's current owners, and the architectural firm MdeAS Architects, in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the historic mural has been painstakingly recreated and installed in its original location at 200 Park Avenue. The new red, black, and white laminate boards were built at All Craft Fabricators on Long Island and resonate with the intensity of the original. Manhattan was unveiled on September 23, once again adding artistic energy to the daily lives of millions.

Anni Albers
Camino Real, 1968
wool felt on cotton support
115 3/4 x 105 7/8 in. (294 x 269 cm)
Manufactured by Abacrome Inc., New York
Hotel Camino Real, Mexico City
Installation image: David Zwirner Gallery, New York

Camino Real is seen for the first time outside Mexico City

Anni Albers's largest work, Camino Real (1968), is seen for the first time outside Mexico City in the exhibition Anni Albers at David Zwirner Gallery, New York (10 September–19 October 2019). Originally commissioned in 1967 by architects Ricardo Legoretta and Luis Barragán for the newly built Camino Real Hotel this wallhanging of appliquéd felt is over ten feet high and almost as wide. To achieve its large scale Albers enlisted the Manhattan company Abacrome that fabricated appliquéd flags and banners for artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselman, and Claes Oldenburg in the 1960s. Albers's embrace of a process that was closely associated with Pop artists is a perfect example of her consummate sense of appropriateness and her courage to experiment with new materials and methods. The results of this unlikely process pleased her so much that she adapted her original drawing for the project as the basis for a screenprint Camino Real.