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"In quiltmaker/author Kate Lenkowsky's Contemporary Quilt Art, she educates readers with remarkable verbal and visual dexterity; she alters our perception of quilts, converting us to the religion of quilts as art. It is a revelatory experience.... The accompanying vivid color photographs of the artists' quilts is enough by itself to make you want to own this publication: Each photograph vibrates with crispness and saturated color. Indiana University Press deserves praise for what it has put together." ―Deseret News
"This oversized book is full of vibrant colors of a few traditional quilts, but the majority are imaginative designs and creations of contemporary men and women." ―Florence Waskelewicz Clowes, Polish American Journal, August 1, 2008
"Like other crafts that have become highly collectible, art quilts are making the transition from being viewed solely as functional objects to being seen as the fine art pieces they are. A very important book for quilters and collectors alike." ―Martha Sielman, Executive Director, Studio Quilt Art Associates
"The book exudes a conservative and distinguished spirit, offers impeccable print quality, and is crammed with information for quilters and their cultural community; thus it merits inclusion in any quilt library!" ―Textile Forum
"An enormously useful and instructive book for devotees as well as potential collectors of art quilts. I highly recommend this much needed publication." ―Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator, Museum of Arts & Design, New York
"A well-researched and beautiful book with 142 color photographs, including detail pictures of many of the quilts, Lenkowsky goes a long way towards accomplishing her goal of making the art quilt understandable and accessible to a wide audience." ―Museum Anthropology, Vol. 32 no. 2
"Lushly illustrated, this volume is a feast for the eyes that will help to inspire not only quilters but also artists in other media.... Highly recommended." ―Choice
Today's quilts are not just family heirlooms stored in a trunk. The concept of quilts as an art medium has created the terms "quilt art," "contemporary quilts," "studio quilts," and "art quilts." Quilts have become fiber or textile arts, part of a larger movement of crafts to fine arts status. Quilters are now artists who make wall hangings, study color and design, and display their work in galleries. Quilts are made with nontraditional materials and can be enhanced with embellishments, paint, photo transfers, or other media. Collectors and museums are acquiring quilts and displaying them as art. In this handsome book, independent scholar Lenkowsky reviews the history of the studio quilt and offers a critical discussion of the work of 19 prominent quilt artists. This very useful volume provides a guide for buyers and collectors, a glossary, a short bibliography, and biographies of the featured artists. Also offered is information on how to learn more about collecting, buying, and commissioning studio quilts, along with material on practical matters such as displaying, storing, and insuring quilts. Lushly illustrated, this volume is a feast for the eyes that will help to inspire not only quilters but also artists in other media. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.N. J. Quinlan, Nova Southeastern University, Choice, November 2008
"This is a well-researched and beautifully illustrated introduction to quilt art, a field that has emerged from its historic origins and flourishes today as a dynamic expression of modern art." ―Surface Design, Winter 2009
"Contemporary Quilt Art is a big, erudite, and beautifully produced book in the style done so well by university presses.... [T]his book is a must for any private or guild quilt library." ―Quilt Channel, September 3, 2008
"Lenkowsky's well-researched and highly readable text accompanies a photographic gallery of art quilts by some of America's most respected makers. [A] visual feast." ―Lloyd E. Herman, founding director, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Lenkowsky's survey of the studio-quilt movement makes an important contribution to scholarship on the evolution and current status of the medium." ―Fiberarts
"A visually dazzling presentation and comprehensive discussion of contemporary work in a medium with a long history... Most important is the book's much-needed chronicle and analysis of the work of a range of innovative makers." ―Janet Koplos, Senior Editor, Art in America magazine
"...A big, erudite, and beautifully produced book in the style done so well by university presses..."See all Editorial Reviews
Fascinating book. Although it seems like a textbook, I expect I will read
the whole thing.
This book is excellent as an overview for persons not familiar with quilts as an art form. It also has a chapter on collecting art quilts and storing them. Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by ionicwoman
I saw the book when Ana Lisa Hedstrom showed her clothing and the book at the De Young Museum in June. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by Ann Grundler