The Loom is ‘A Maquette of Reasoning’

From Selvedge Magazine / Corinne Julius’ review of the Anni Albers exhibit at the Tate Modern:

Walking into the Tate Modern this month is going to prove something of a shock for fine art lovers. The new exhibition on Anni Albers celebrates not painting or sculpture, but textiles. The Tate has shown textiles before, notably with Sonia Delaunay: but says the co-curator of the Albers’ show, Ann Coxon, ‘We are not starting with a painting, moving on to abstraction followed by some textile; we start with one of Albers’ looms and a film by architect and filmmaker Simon Barker of his wife, the weaver Ismini Samanidou, weaving on one of Anni’s looms.’

Proceeding through the exhibition, visitors will be able to examine samples of Albers’ weaving at close quarters, including a thicket of suspended rolls of Albers’ cloth. ‘The whole show is about a woman who is a weaver and how weaving can be a valid modernist art practice. Anni Albers’ work is not “decorative”, it’s quite conceptual – corroborating Roland Barthes’ comment that the loom is ‘a maquette of reasoning’.

Read more of Ms. Julius’ review here.

Learn more at the Tate Modern site here.

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