25 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (65.1 x 65.1 cm)
Annelise Fleischmann Albers
(Berlin, Germany, 1899 - 1994, Orange, CT)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Robert E. and Anne-Marie Logan
Location: Not currently on view
Can you link the distinct elements in Anni Albers’ print to create a single form? It might depend on where you look. For example, the alternating parallelograms of green and light grey create the illusion of steps that move towards the center of the image. Once these regular stepped patterns meet in the center or along the axes of the print, however, the illusion of three-dimensional space breaks and the image flattens out into a series of discreet shapes.
As one of the most well-known textile artists of the twentieth century, Anni Albers had an intimate knowledge of patterns—regular and repeatable sequences of forms. Seeing a pattern is one way the brain links discrete elements and makes sense of an image.
[Label copy from Seeing in Color and Black and White, 2018]