The Easel

Anni Albers: Picking Up the Thread

Albers has slipped from prominence. Is it because she was a weaver, or was it gender bias? She was the first textile artist to receive a retrospective from MoMA. But that was 1949 when Bauhaus credentials were contemporary. A Bilbao exhibition is a “rediscovery”, revealing that her work “has the precision and grace of a Bach fugue: themes sounded and reconfigured, echoes, repetitions, and variations, all assembled with élan and poise.”