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Anni Albers: Notebook 1970-1980

Contributions by Brenda Danilowitz
LIST PRICE $30.00

A superb facsimile of the only known notebook of legendary artist Anni Albers, this publication offers insight into the methodology of a modern master. 

Beginning in 1970, Anni Albers filled her graph-paper notebook regularly until 1980. This rare and previously unpublished document of her working process contains intricate drawings for her large body of graphic work, as well as studies for her late knot drawings. The notebook follows Albers's deliberations and progression as a draftsman in their original form. It reveals the way she went about making complex patterns, exploring them piece by piece, line by line in a visually dramatic and mysteriously beautiful series of geometric arrangements. 

An afterword by Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, contextualizes the notebook and explores the role studies played in the development of her work.

“The drawings feel tentative, but these repetitive studies in line and pattern also show the meticulous attention Albers honed as a master weaver.”

– Lisa Darms, BOOKFORUM

“It’s in this sense of play, in experimentation between and within different sketches in the Notebook, that these deceptively simple drawings begin to come alive, with a gradually building, almost psychedelic intensity.”

– Felix Bazalgette, Elephant

“Enigmatic and spare, these sketches underline the philosophy behind another Albers pronouncement: ‘Learning to form makes us understand all forming.’”

– Andrew Dickson, The New York Review of Books

"Filled with drawings of knots, curving lines and intricate patterns built with triangles."

– Carol Kino, Wall Street Journal