Josef & Anni Albers Foundation


Tamarind Lithography Workshop

In the summer of 1963, Anni accompanied Josef when he had a fellowship at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. Anni, describing herself as “just the wife hanging around,” said that June Wayne, Tamarind’s director, asked her to try printmaking herself. She immediately became fascinated with the possibility of a medium other than weaving. Printmaking allowed her to take thread-like forms and manipulate them in a way that had none of the strictures of weaving, and she became immersed in the processes of printmaking, as she would be for the rest of her life. The use of acid baths and the possibilities of printing a form and then printing it again off-register enthralled her. June Wayne invited her back to Tamarind for her own fellowship the following year, which was when she created her spectacular series of Line Involvements.

Josef Albers at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, 1962. Courtesy the Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico