i heart: Anni Albers

The Crafting Modernism exhibition at MAD has me so inspired. I’ve been smitten with the textile design of Anni Albers ever since I first saw her work. The textures and color palettes are so beautiful. Some patterns are chunky and rugged while others are smooth and refined. I love them all!

A bit about Anni: She was a student of the Bauhaus and later emigrated to America with her husband Josef, a very well established artist. They both taught at Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina. Her passion for design led her to develop many new weaving techniques and textile patterns. She wrote several essays and books on weaving in addition to exploring printmaking and jewelry design.

all images via The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation


Curatorial Curiosities: Museum of Arts and Design – Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design

There are so many amazing artists featured in this exhibition running October 11, 2011 – January 15, 2012. I loved seeing the handcrafted design that developed when most of the nation was focused on the machine age technological advances and mass production techniques. Below are a few favorites:

anni albers, sheep may safely graze

arthur smith, neckpiece

jack lenor larsen, bas relief

rude osolnik, turned bowl

stanley lechtzin, pendant 4c

ruth radakovich, cocktail ring

I’m strangely fascinated by that cocktail ring!

all images via Museum of Arts and Design

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Curatorial Curiosities: Dia Beacon – Blinky Palermo a Retrospective

On display June 25, 2011 – October 31, 2011

One of the best day trips out of NYC is a visit to Dia: Beacon. The museum is housed in a sprawling former printing factory on the edge of the Hudson. The light in the galleries and the amount of space given to each piece of art is key to the magic of this place. Never once have I felt crowded or rushed here.

I first saw Blinky Palermo’s work here and couldn’t get his name out of my head. According to the Dia Artist Bio, he appropriated from an American boxing manager and mafioso. Now you can check him out for yourself at least until the end of October…

images via Dia Art Foundation

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