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Art Break: To The Power of Three — A Sixty Year Retrospective of Work By Influential Women at Pratt

Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 26, 2018

This week Art Break is looking at the contributions of three women artist/designers to mid-20th century culture and graphic design. Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi all worked in an era when design was becoming important to American business and industry. Their knowledge and experience created iconic imagery for furniture makers, buildings, even typeface that is still used 40 years after its creation. Take some time to see and appreciate their work at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery on 14th Street: you’ll come away with a new understanding of what good design can do. And remember, this and all our recommendations are free of charge.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Galerie Eva Presenhuber, 39 Great Jones Street

When: Now through April 29, Wed – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6

Who: Gerwald Rockenschaub: Geometric Playground (Flamboyant Edit)

What: Abstract objects made of painted acrylic glass

Why: The works appear to be both two and three dimensional depending on where the visitor stands

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, 535 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor

When: Now through April 28, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Warp & Weft: A History of Fabric at Gemini G.E.L.

What: An examination of materials and their use by this legendary gallery

Why: Expand your knowledge of prints and printmaking

Art Break Midtown:

Where: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor

When: Now through April 28, Mon – Sat: 11-6, Thur: 11p-8

Who: Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958 – 2018

What: A sixty-year retrospective of graphic design and artwork from three female artist/designers

Why: These creators embraced and exemplified the trends in postwar art and design

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street,

When: Now through May 13, Wed – Thu: 11-6, Fri: 11-8, Sat – Sun: 11-6

Who: Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past

What: Manuscripts from the 11th to 18th centuries exploring historical and literary figures as well as the sciences through the filter of Islamic culture and society

Why: Ideas and ideals exchanged between people, places and times make for a fascinating exhibit

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Cover: Elanie Lustig Cohen: ‘Box of Minutes’ (1981); acrylic on wood box, 9 x 12 x 12 inches; courtesy of the Estate of Elaine Lustig Cohen / Pratt Manhattan Gallery.


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