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What is this?

Length of printed cotton with an all-over geometric pattern of contiguous orange parallelograms of various sizes on an off-white ground.

Why is this in our collection?

With the creation of Eclat, a vibrant screen-printed textile for drapery and upholstery, Anni Albers delves into the art of screenprinting. This was a new textile-making direction for the designer brought about by experimentation with lithography in the mid-1960s. At that time her husband was asked to work at the Tamarind Lithographic Workshop in Los Angeles, where the head of the workshop, June Wayne, encouraged her to try lithography. She experienced a newfound expressive quality in the medium, and by the 1970s printmaking had become her primary focus. This knowledge of printmaking, as well as her passion for the techniques, no doubt impacted her subsequent textiles designs. Like other well-known works by... more

This is a textile from United States. It is dated 1975 and we acquired it in 2011. Museum purchase through gift of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: cotton technique: screen printed on plain weave label: screen printed cotton

Its dimensions are

H x W: 411.5 x 135.9 cm (13 ft. 6 in. x 53 1/2 in.) Repeat H x W: 43.8 x 44.5 cm (17 1/4 x 17 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Eclat Designed by Anni Albers for Knoll International 1975 (printed in selvedge)

Knoll Textiles was the producer and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation was the funder and Anni Albers was the designer and Cora Ginsburg was the vendor of this object.

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