Textile, "Eclat", 1975 Medium: cotton Technique: screen printed on plain weave Label: screen printed cotton. Museum purchase through gift of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2011-41-1.
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