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Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Raimund Abraham
Classification: Prints

An educator and architect, Raimund Abraham turned to drawing and printmaking as outlets for his inventive designs. Along with Kevin Bone, a colleague at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, Abraham designed the conversion of New York’s Second Avenue Courthouse into a facility for the Anthology Film Archives. Abraham’s Untitled was included with twelve other prints in a portfolio published to mark the occasion.

Collection: American Art
Date: circa 1910
Artist/Maker: Robert Ingersoll Aitken
Classification: Sculpture

Robert Ingersoll Aitken’s bronze sculpture A Thing of Beauty may have been one of the pieces that the artist exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. [1] Although modest in scale when compared to the colossal fountain he created to symbolize the four elements, Aitken’s nude figure demonstrates many of the artist’s hallmark characteristics: a suggestion of emotion, a preference for classical forms, and a graceful suppression of detail.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1973
Artist/Maker: Josef Albers
Classification: Prints

For Josef Albers, printmaking provided a medium that was technically demanding and one that allowed him to leave no trace of his hand, in direct contrast to many other artists of his time. He made his first prints while a student in his mid-twenties; they were stylistically and thematically similar to the German Expressionists.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1969
Artist/Maker: Anni Albers
Classification: Prints

While a student at the Bauhaus, there were few avenues for Anni Albers to pursue; women were discouraged from any pursuit that required heavy lifting. As a result, Albers not only studied weaving but conquered it, and became one of the most highly regarded textile artists of the twentieth century. Benefiting from the instruction of Paul Klee and from her marriage to Josef Albers, Anni Albers solved innumerable aesthetic and technical challenges.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Carl Andre
Classification: Prints

Carl Andre, along with fellow sculptors Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Dan Flavin, and Sol Lewitt, is unfailingly named as a major minimalist artist. Minimalism emerged during the post-Abstract Expressionism period and was most crucial during the 1960s and 1970s, although some practitioners continue to work as minimalists.

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