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Anni Albers Do VI 1973 Screenprint

Edition of 50
Image size: 16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Paper size: 25 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches (65.1 x 65.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower right; titled and numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #33738)

Anni Albers started making prints in 1963. By 1973, she was well versed in the techniques, limitations and opportunities of the various processes. “Do IV” displays Albers’ command of screenprinting as the work displays her creativity and skill balancing between the surface plane of the paper with the dynamic “micro-planes” that make up the pattern. She printed single large square of color to delineate the visual space in the center of the paper. A huge quantity of small marks are arranged so as to create a large number of rhomboids. These rhomboids abut, intersect, and spread out so as to create both four neatly arranged squares as well as a central diamond. The small marks are darker and lighter in various locations so as to give one’s eye the sense of receding or projecting into space, all the while, the whole work is seemingly a flat pattern. As was typical for Albers, the work displays her ability to simultaneously present senses of delicacy, dynamism, stability, and strength.

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