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

Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye
With an essay by Michael D. Coe

Pioneers of modern art and design, Anni and Josef Albers are renowned for their wide-ranging creative practice—spanning painting, printmaking, weaving, and more—as well as their innovative teaching methods, which Josef demonstrated as a professor at Yale. While many publications have studied the Alberses’ visual strategies, this book offers a new perspective, examining the couple as collectors of art from the ancient Americas. The Alberses traveled together through Latin America, namely Mexico and Peru, more than a dozen times between the 1930s and 1960s, amassing a collection of over 1,400 objects. These works, however, have received little attention in recent publications. Filling a major gap in scholarship, this book draws on previously unpublished archival material to debunk the myth that acquiring ancient American objects was a low-budget hobby that the Alberses pursued during their travels abroad. Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas shows the incredible breadth, depth, and significance of the Alberses’ collection, and unearths fascinating resonances between their collecting and art-making practices.

96 pages / 9 x 11 inches / 56 color and 18 black-and-white illustrations / Distributed by Yale University Press / 2017
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