The Amazing Anni Albers


I'd not been to the Tate Modern in donkeys and in truth, most of my memories of it consisted of rowdy school trips with battered sketchpads and stale sandwiches. But when I spotted this exhibition in a magazine recently I was ridiculously excited and chomping at the bit to go back. Thanks to the Tate Collective, which offers discount tickets for 16-25s, I got to experience this magical woman's work for £5 and fall back in love with the Tate all at once. Albers was a badass Bauhaus student, breaking down walls and defying expectations to inspire many through her creative process. This exhibition is inspiring, impressive and beautifully curated - a testament to Albers's talent and influence.

I want to be more Anni when I grow up!

Here are just a few of my favourites...

This untitled work from 1941 gave me goosebumps, it reminded me so much of my late grandmother's fashion and decor style. I reckon they'd have been mates, Anni and Erica.

I still drool with delight whenever I look at 'South of the Border', 1958. This colour palette gives me so much warmth and sheer joy. The things you can do with cotton and wool (and a ridiculous amount of talent), eh?

Dreamy 'Red and Blue Layers', 1954. Cotton.

Goosebumps (and a few tears) resurfaced when I reached the stunning and sombre 'Six Prayers', 1966-7. Albers was commissioned by the Jewish Museum, New York, to create this memorial to the six million Jewish people killed during the Holocaust. Like Albers, I am not a practising Jew but I identify strongly with the history of my mother's side of the family. Albers described herself as Jewish only 'in the Hitler sense' which at once shocked and resonated with me. That statement, combined with the sincerity and beauty of this piece knocked the breath out of me for several moments.

LOOK at this beauty... Albers's eight-harness Structo-Artcraft 750 loom.... What an absolute work of art in itself.


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