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Hubert Dalwood - Landscape into Sculpture and Anni Albers - Design Pioneer

Summer Exhibition 2011

Hubert Dalwood - Landscape into Sculpture and Anni Albers - Design Pioneer

7th May - 25th June 2011

Hubert Dalwood (1924-76) was a leading post-war British sculptor, described by the art critic, Norbert Lynton as 'one of the most original and inventive minds in the field of modern sculpture'. In the 1950s and 1960s his work received considerable critical acclaim both at home and abroad, winning prizes and prestigious commissions.

Dalwood's early works, modelled in clay and plaster before casting, reveal his fascination with qualities of surface. Focusing initially on the female figure, from the mid-1950s he created a series of 'mysterious' objects. Their heavily worked and textured skins recall those of archaeological artefacts, excavated from the earth, as well as the craggy terrains of natural landscapes.

From the mid-1960s, following a period spent teaching in North America, Dalwood became increasingly interested in architecture and its relationship to landscape. He started to create monumental architectural forms out of polished aluminium and sheet metal, which reflect their surroundings; and imagined, magical environments - vast landscapes on a small scale - which can be understood in their entirety when seen from above.

The exhibition has been developed by the New Art Centre, Roche Court and includes works from the Dalwood estate, as well as from private collections. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.

Anni Albers was one of the pioneers of modernism. A pre-eminent textile artist, she studied with Paul Klee at the Bauhaus. Throughout her life she was uncompromising in her approach to art – pushing boundaries and experimenting with every medium she employed. She left the politically hostile Germany in 1933, with her husband, eminent abstract painter, Josef Albers, to work at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina . As well as working in textiles, she also made inventive jewellery from ordinary household objects and latterly worked in printmaking.

Works have been generously loaned by Alan Cristea and by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut USA. This is the first time that Anni Albers’ prints, textiles and jewellery have been seen together in Britain. It is fitting that the only English showing of this exhibition is in Coventry, a centre for weaving since the medieval period and now at the forefront of innovative material design.

Anni Albers: Design Pioneer is curated by Brenda Danilowitz and Ann Jones. The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre and The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation. It is accompanied by an illustrated publication.