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  • Anni Albers, study for a 1926 unexecuted wall hanging (detail), n.d., gouache and pencil on photo offset paper, 15 1⁄8 × 9 7⁄8".

    Anni Albers

    K20 Grabbeplatz

    IN A 1985 INTERVIEW, Anni Albers remarked, “I find that, when the work is made with threads, it’s considered a craft; when it’s on paper, it’s considered art.” This was her somewhat oblique explanation of why she hadn’t received “the longed-for pat on the shoulder,” i.e., recognition as an artist, until after she gave up weaving and immersed herself in printmaking—a transition that occurred when she was in her sixties. It’s hard to judge whether Albers’s tone was wry or rueful or (as one critic alleged) “some-what bitter,” and therefore it’s unclear what her comment might indicate about the

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