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Six Prayers

Anni Albers (American, b. Germany, 1899-1994)

Six Prayers, 1965-66

  • Cotton, linen, bast and silver thread
  • 73 1/4 x 117 in. (186.1 x 297.2 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of the Albert A. List Family, JM 149-72.1-6
  • © 2003 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/ Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

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Six Prayers

CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • Describe what you see. For example, what kinds of patterns, shapes, colors, and textures do you see?

  • What do the colors make you think of?

  • What do you associate the rectangular shapes with?

  • Notice the black-and-white patterns within each rectangle. Do they remind you of anything?

  • What is your overall impression of this piece? What sort of mood or atmosphere does it
    evoke?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to examine this artwork, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • Anni Albers designed this piece as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. How do you interpret her work in this context?

  • Albers called this work Six Prayers. What do you think is the significance of this title? What title would you give this work?

  • Do you find this to be a fitting memorial? Do you find it meaningful? Why or why not? How does it compare with other memorials you have seen?

  • What do you think is the purpose of a Holocaust memorial? To elicit an emotional response? To honor the victims? To educate the public? To provide the artist with a means of expression?




RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:

  • Holocaust Memorials
  • Textiles
  • Abstract Art
  • Bauhaus