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The Art Quilt Hardcover – November, 1997

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From Library Journal

Shaw, former curator of the Shelburne Museum and author of Quilts: A Living Tradition (LJ 2/1/96) and Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces (LJ 4/15/97), has gathered more than 300 quilts created by 200 different artists from around the world in this beautifully illustrated oversized work. Not seeking to replicate quilting traditions of the past, these artists quilt in a dramatic, intense, and detailed manner using a variety of innovative studio techniques that are quite different from those used on historic quilts. While possessing the same structural characteristics of traditional quilts, this artistic medium relates more to contemporary craft and modern art and is designed to be hung on walls and viewed like paintings. Abstract quilts, narrative and figurative quilts, and nature and landscape quilts are all discussed in terms of composition and visual impact. This study of the quilt-maker as artist is recommended for both contemporary art and textile collections.?Judith Yankeilun Lind, Roseland Free
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Whether made by the academically trained or self-taught artist, the art quilt is a creative journey. The work of both past masters and modern artists, including Paul Klee, M. C. Escher, Mondrian, and Vasarely, have contributed to the explosion of quilt design. This varied collection represents quilts from 280 artists, offering humor, politics, or moral issues as represented in landscapes, animal scenes, narrative works, optical illusions, and abstractions. The lively, insightful text presents the correct framework to view the work of the most respected names in the quilt world--Michael James, Nancy Crow, Faith Ringgold, Nancy Halpern, Ruth McDowell, and many others. The artists discuss their work and the power and impact of quilts. Readers expecting a large representation from international quilters may be disappointed, as North American quilters predominate. A big, expensive book, but there is no other comprehensive work that can compare with it. Iva Freeman --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Beaux Arts Editions (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883633256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883633250
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Shaw is a gifted communicator who lectures, writes, curates, and consults on many aspects of American folk arts and crafts. His many critically acclaimed books include American Quilts: The Democratic Art, Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art and Craft of Contemporary Guitars, The Art Quilt, America's Traditional Crafts, and American Baskets. He has curated exhibitions at major museums and expositions in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.; contributed to numerous books and exhibition catalogs; written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Early American Life, Sports Afield, Fiber Arts, and other periodicals; and served as a consultant to museums, private collectors, and Sotheby's auction house. His web sites are www.roberteshaw.com and www.artofthequilt.com.

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I'm a weekend quilter - and love working with rich color. This is not only a coffee-table beautiful book but it inspires creative ideas far beyond normal quilting. You don't have to be a quilter to enjoy - the art is wonderful. And if you do quilt, this will inspire you to all sorts of radically new ideas.
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Robert Shaw draws upon his impressive expertise to celebrate the traditional bed quilt as a needlecraft art form that is a creative, emotional, example of "form following function". His insightful text traces the transformation of the quilt from bed cover to display piece, the quilter from homemaker to academically trained artist, the workshop from kitchen to studio, and the materials from simple to complex. The Art Quilt is superb survey of an art form grounded in tradition and, at the same time, committed to originality and innovation. The works of such superb contemporary quilters as Michael James, Yvonne Porcella, Julia Pfaff, Nancy Crow, and more than two hundred others, serve to illustrate the quilt as art -- and the art of the quilt. The Art Quilt is enhanced with 300 full-color reproductions and numerous insightful sidebars of important technical processes and leaders int he art quilt field. The Art Quilt is highly recommended reading for needlecraft students, quilters, collectors, and popular culture enthusiasts.
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From the moment I set eyes on this book I knew I had to have it. The quilts are totally incredible. The skill of these quiltmakers & the detail they obtain is astonishing. They are true artists. It is a great value.
The abstract quilts combine color, pattern & shape so beautifully it takes your breath away. Surface techniques such as dyeing, painting, applique & embroidery make these quilts remarkable works of art.
Some of my favorite quilts include a nude pregnant woman & two quilts depicting Noah & his ark. I enjoyed a few scenes with vases & another made as a memorial to the artist's parents. I also fell in love with the many landscape quilts.
The text is fascinating, discussing the history behind quiltmaking & the techniques used to make these beautiful quilts. The captions are great, explaining the methods used to make the quilt as well as the artist inspiration.
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This book is carefully researched, very well catergorized into sections of color, embellishment, pictorial quilts, etc. Photographs of quilts are good and copy is well presented. Robert Hughes has covered the world of the art quilt in depth. Missed a few of the very early art quilters, e.g. Maria McCormick-Snyder but all in all the best I have seen.
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