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

Yale - Anni and Josef Albers

Exhibition dates: 3 February – 18 June 2017

Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas examines intersections between the art-making and art-collecting strategies of the Alberses, two of the most influential figures of twentieth-century modernism. Between 1935 and 1967, the couple made numerous trips to Latin America and the American Southwest and amassed a large collection of ancient artworks from these regions. The exhibition looks at these objects in depth and considers how Anni and Josef’s collection supported their aesthetic sensibilities and teaching practice. In addition to objects from the ancient Americas, the show gathers together dozens of works that the couple made, including textiles, paintings, works on paper and rarely studied photographs that Josef took at archaeological sites and museums. Demonstrating the Alberses’ deep and sustained engagement with ancient American art, an interest that was decades ahead of its time, Small-Great Objects explores a fascinating dimension of the couple’s creative vision.

For more information, visit the website of the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Exhibition: Making & Unmaking

Camden Arts Centre - Making and Unmaking

Exhibition dates: 19 June – 18 September 2016

Making & Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu (b. 1965, Lagos), is the latest in a series of artist-selected shows at the Camden Arts Centre, London. Duro Olowu is a celebrated fashion designer whose bold innovations with pattern, colour and shape reveal his early influences living between Nigeria and Europe, and his ongoing fascination with the world. His fluency with diverse aesthetics can be seen in the clothes he makes as well as the exhibitions he has curated, which combine antique textiles with his own fabric designs, bringing together discordant colours and patterns alongside disparate cultural forms.

Filling all three galleries, the Central Space, Reading Room and Garden, this exhibition draws together over 70 artists from around the world spanning this century and the last, including nineteenth-century textiles made by unknown hands. Individually, each work has a story to tell; collectively, they begin a conversation in which visual, narrative and thematic relationships unfold. This eclectic collage of works, some of which have strong political undercurrents, addresses issues surrounding cultural identity, sexuality and the representation of the body. Olowu’s exhibition invites a multifaceted journey of encounters with the intuition, skill and vision of the artists represented within it.

Artists featured: Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Yinka Shonibare, and many many more.

For more information, visit the website of the Camden Arts Centre, London, UK.