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Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833733
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 1.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Curl up with these colorful new books... Quilts ($75, rizzoliusa.com), a survey of the American Folk Art Museum's collection, with a forword by Martha" ~Martha Stewart Living

"An American Original. Quilts hold a unique place in American culture, each telling a story about its maker and her community. In Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum, independent curator and museum trustee Elizabeth V. Warren brings together 200 examples from the New York museum, each representing the era in which it was made, its style and technique." ~Home & Design

"...a beautiful full-color book" ~The Huffington Post

"All 336 pages of Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum will inform, intrigue and inspire you. The book by Elizabeth V. Warren marks the opening of a year-long exhibit (presented in two parts) of the same name featuring textile masterpieces in the AFAM's collection. Two hundred quilts in 11 categories are highlighted." ~Quiltmaker

“From America's preeminent museum collection, this definitive volume places the quilt firmly in the realm of art. Quilts combines economy with artistry and everyday craftsmanship with extraordinary beauty, proving quilts hold a unique place in American culture. Each quilt tells a story about its maker and her community; seen together, these monumental textiles paint a broad picture of the development of a national character and uncover the hidden history of women's contribution to art. This volume brings together the 200 most important examples from the esteemed collection of the American Folk Art Museum, many of which are shown here for the first time.” –Editor at Large

About the Author

The American Folk Art Museum, New York, is the premier cultural institution in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and study of more than three centuries of traditional folk art and the work of international contemporary self-taught artists.

Elizabeth V. Warren is a collector, independent curator, author, and trustee of the museum.

Martha Stewart has created a broad national awareness of Americana and American folk art through her publications and television shows.

Maria Ann Conelli is the executive director of the American Folk Art Museum.

Stacy C. Hollander is the senior curator and director of exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum.

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Well documented with photos and descriptions.
civil war buff
I am a bit sceptical about books produced by famous museums on their collections so I wasn't expecting too much, but I have little good to say about this book.
Georgina Wade
The American Folk Art Museum has one of the country's fine quilt collections and this is finally a book that does the collection justice.
Meg Cox

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Meg Cox VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you treasure old quilts and have a library of books on them -- you know who you are -- just go ahead and buy this volume now. Or put it on your Christmas wish list for sure.
The American Folk Art Museum has one of the country's fine quilt collections and this is finally a book that does the collection justice. Featured here are about 200 absolute masterpieces in full color, high-quality photographs. There are fantastic applique quilts, wonderful very early stuff, and some awesome Amish quilts.
My only quibble with this fine book is that there is so little text and background. I can understand that there may be many mysteries about who made many of these quilts and why, but I would have loved to hear more, in the cases where it was available.
This book will be a classic for years, no decade, to come, so don't hesitate to snap it up.The last volume on the museum's collection, which came out in the late '90s, is out of print.
One other note: the museum has declared this the "Year of the Quilt," and many of these masterpieces will be on view at the museum in Manhattan, in several shows at several locations starting Oct. 5, 2010.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Wade on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a bit sceptical about books produced by famous museums on their collections so I wasn't expecting too much, but I have little good to say about this book. It does contain pictures of lots of beautiful quilts, many of which quilters will be familiar from other publications. However, the pictures are not good and there is very little information about the quilts and for even the most meagre facts (like sizes)one has to turn to the end of the book where it is included with thumbnail pictures.

There is very little to read apart from a couple of pieces by Museum people and Martha Steward who all pat each other on the back and say how much they value and cherish the collection - but they don't seem to know much about it! At least they don't impart that knowledge in any way. Museums rarely know much about the quilts they own because they didn't used to be interested in provenance but surely they could have said something - perhaps asked a quilt expert (which some of them are supposed to be) to comment on each quilt?

The other great drawback is that it is so heavy. I am not a small person but I have difficulty handling this book. You couldn't use it as a working catalogue as the best way to read it comfortably would be to put it on a lectern and how many of us have one of those?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By civil war buff on October 25, 2010
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If find yourself wishing that photographs of antique quilts were larger so you could see the detail, this book is for you. I languished over pictures I have seen in other books. Well documented with photos and descriptions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nancy hanks on December 3, 2010
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This book has fabulous pictures and some very good close-up shots of some of the American Folk Art Museum's collection but it left me dissatisfied. Perhaps because I am a quiltmaker, I wanted more information. Sure, most of the makers of the quilts are anonymous (Anonymous thy name is Woman) but there are no dimensions given, no fabric content given, no commentary on how good the quilting is which are all pieces of information that quiltmakers treasure and look for. I own Ms. Warren's previous volume from nearly twenty years ago and it is more satisfying. Still, since the museum rarely shows more than one or two pieces from its collection the book is a valuable addition to a quilter's library but sadly deficient in many ways.
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