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500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (500 Series) Paperback – March 2, 2010
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Today, quilts are finally overcoming their old-fashioned rap. Once perceived as blocklike, follow-the-rules fabric sandwiches, contemporary art quilts—with the emphasis on art—break the ancient code. Bresenhan truly has eyed and chosen 500 of the world’s best, hailing from France and Israel and other countries to the U.S. Each page delivers a different vision of what quilting means, along with the material and manufacturing details. A few examples: a tongue-in-cheek “Cow Pie” depicting, yes, cows meandering in a baked pie. Stark black-and-white whorls in a fingerprint (and so named). Undulating green fabric strips weaving into grass. Bold wisteria in a Tiffany-like stained-glass quilt. Two ready-to-play border collies in a field—just like some museum painting. The quilts here showcase a wide variety of painterly influences, multimedia techniques and materials, and aesthetic periods. Naive, ethnic (e.g., Latino and Native American), abstract, representational, three-dimensional, postmodern, and classics like Chagall and Matisse and Monet. An ooh and aah on every page. --Barbara Jacobs
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I would have liked a bit of description about the artists and their techniques, but their names and living locales are listed in the book, and materials used are alongside the quilts, so that was better than nothing.
For want of a better description, it's a paperback, and, although the copies I bought are used, they are in excellent condition and show few signs of use, no separation of pages from the binding. It's a lovely small format, large enough to showcase the quilts without taking up the coffee table top. The pages turn easily, and the paper is of excellent quality and sturdy.
I bought a second copy for my brother, who'd read a friend's copy.
It is smaller than I expected. Every artist is identified, but I wish there was more information about the
work itself and the process from the artist.
This book offers nice, full-color glossy photographs of each quilt they chose to include.
Some I had seen before, but a lot of brand new ones to enjoy.
This is a great book to add to your quilting library. You won't actually learn anything from it - this is eye candy.
But for those who truly appreciate fiber arts and quilt art, you will love it. Very enjoyable to spend the afternoon
going through all the pages, enjoying such a variety of themes and artistic expressions.
The book's size is 8" square, the biggest image inside is probably 6-7" (there are no pictures that run the full page, all have at least a 1" margin), but most aren't displayed in the larger size. Most images are smaller, sometimes four quilts on one page, which makes the pictures very small. Under each quilt is a list of techniques the artist used. Even with a magnifying glass, I found it all but impossible on some to see where the thread painting versus applique versus painting was.
For instance, the quilt used as the books cover has text all over it. even with a magnifying glass, I was unable to read it off the cover or the page the quilt is shown on. There are a few quilts that have "enlargement areas" shown, but very few.
I'd love to see this in a larger format so you can actually see the various techniques on all of the quilts.