Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas

Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
Library Shelf Location 18.ALBE
Publication Date 2017

Small-Great Objects presents a remarkable look into the art-collecting practices of two of modern art’s most widely influential figures, Anni (1899–1994) and Josef (1888–1976) Albers. Their impressive collection of over 1,400 objects from Latin America, namely Mexico and Peru, represents a conscious endeavor that goes well beyond that of a casual hobby, displaying a deep appreciation for the art, textiles, and overall ingenuity of the ancient American world. This insightful book draws on primary-source materials such as the couple’s letters, personal papers, and archival photographs—many never before published—and demonstrates their conviction that these Prehispanic objects displayed a formal sophistication and bold abstraction that defy the prevalent conception of the works as “primitive.” Moreover, it shows how the Alberses spread their appreciation of the ancient world to others, through their teachings, their writings, and their own art practices. 

ISBN 9780300225693
Quantity 1
Pages 96
Authors Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Michael D Coe
Format Paperback
Publisher Yale University Press
Related Artists Josef Albers, Anni Albers
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Artist Biography, Surveys of Modern & Contemporary Art
Keywords Collections, pedagogy
Artist's Nationality German
Language English

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