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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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Praise for 500 Art Quilts by Ray Hemachandra and Karey Bresenhan:
 
"This collection of stunning contemporary art quilts is both visually and conceptually tantalizing. Juror Karey Bresenhan, the president of Quilts, Inc., and the director of the International Quilt Festival, offers a thoughtful introduction that reflects on the history of the art quilt. The quilts themselves represent the diversity of the medium and the vast array of approaches that can be taken within it. Styles range from realistic to abstract, and techniques from collage to patchwork. Many quilts demonstrate the finest examples of surface design, while others feature superb hand and machine stitching. One of the most moving aspects of this collection is the diversity of subject matters: portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, abstracts, and more evoke a wide range of sentiments and are a testament to the limitless possibilities of the art quilting medium. With so many artists included, this book introduces new and exciting talents amongst many recognizable favorites." — Quilting Arts Magazine
 
"The magnificent pieces found in 500 Art Quilts, edited by Ray Hemachandra, show how quilts are more than bedspreads — they are now considered true works of art found on gallery walls and in fine art museums. After a short introduction by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, founder and president of Quilts, Inc., the remaining 400 pages are filled with images of stunning 21st century quilts. Flipping through this colorful book, you'll find that 500 quilts are simply not enough." — AmericanStyle
 
“What an incredible feast for the eyes! These 500 wonderful works of art created with fabric and thread form a bountiful, international collection of the best in art quilts today. There is something new and engaging to discover on every page, one masterpiece after another. This gorgeous book is a must-have for every art lover, quilter, and fiber enthusiast.” — Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates and curator of Masters: Art Quilts
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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600590586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590580
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My copy arrived in mid January of 2010. It is a fantastic book for the textile artist, art collector, and gallery owner. The book has 500 images of art quilts produced by 346 textile artists. The book features work from 1989 to 2008 by expert fiber artists from across the US.

Many pieces also have detail images to show some of the minute detail that is missed in the full size images. Representational, abstract, social, political, and environmental artworks are presented in this book with full contact information provided for all of the included artists.

A must have book and a great visual experience of color, design, texture, and inspiration.
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This is a "must have" book for any art quilter, quilter, artist, and art/quilt enthusiast. I keep the book close to my favorite chair so that I can pick it up on a whim. Every time I look through the pages I see new and amazing things. A beautiful book that I hope will become a regular or semi-regular publication from Lark.
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Whether or not you are an artist working in the medium of fiber and thread you will find it hard not to be swept away into the pages of this book. You'll find yourself having a wide range of emotional responses as you turn each page. Some images will make you smile, some will make you reflect on moments of your own life and some will make you stop and think not only about how the quilt was created but the "why" behind it. Shot on a pure white background the images are clear and and sharp with some close up views to highlight surface details.

Karey Patterson Bresenhan, the juror of the selected works in this book says in her introduction "To me, each of the art quilts in this book comes with a hidden life - a life that is ours to interpret and enjoy. The pieces on these pages are imagination personified" As you flip through the pages of this book it's easy to understand that statement because it truly is like taking a peek inside the artists imagination as you look at each quilt. This book belongs on the coffee table of every quilter, fiber artist and art lover where it can be picked up and savored over and over again.
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This 8×8' book fits my great-to-look-at-in-bed criteria (not too big to hold up to peruse while reclining gracefully) and most of the art quilts are shown one per page. Each artwork is featured with the name of the artist, title, date, size (in inches and centimeters - a nice touch), materials and techniques. A lot of thought was obviously given to the placement of facing art quilts for maximum compatibility.

This IS a great book for those seeking inspiration; it is almost overwhelming seeing so many art quilts. 500 Art Quilts is the kind of book to keep at hand and peruse just a few pages at a time; there would always be something new and interesting with each turn of the page.

I did notice, whether due to the technical demands of printing or just as a sign of the times, that almost all of the artwork is in very saturated colors. The dates for the art quilts go back to at least 1989. I don't think art quilts from more than ten years ago are intrinsically more or less interesting than those made in the last two or three years, but I would have liked to have seen newer work from all the artists.

This comment should be read as a mere quibble beside the fact that such a fine survey book that can only bring more exposure to art quilts. Beautifully designed and beautifully printed, 500 Art Quilts will definitely entice those unfamiliar with art quilts to learn more, inspire those new to art quilting, and be a must-have addition to the library shelves of any fiber art enthusiast. Topping out at 432 pages, 500 Art Quilts is an uber-bargain with retail around $25.
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This book is a beautiful collection of art quilts of all types, techniques and themes that will surely inspire and delight even the most experienced art quilter. Although I already own many publications of art quilts and fiber art, this book surprised me with new work of familiar quilt artists, coupled with images of innovative and unusual work by artists new to me. My only criticism would be that the pages aren't larger, and the quilts pictured have no personal comments from their makers. Nevertheless, this is a book well worth purchasing, to see such a vast array of styles and techniques, and to get an idea of the work being made in this medium around the world. As expected, Lark doesn't disappoint.
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I received my invitation to partake in this book and was very honored when it arrived and saw my quilt on page 165 in all its glory. How proud I am to share this book with the other artists that are part of it. A great reference book for inspiration and reflection. A book for all of us to grow with. Thank you to the publishers for this opportunity. Hope to see more editions of this book.
Proudly I sign my name on this,
Wendy Strumwasser
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I love this book. Though, surprisingly I have not seen many of the quilts in this book, I keep it on my nightstand to peruse before I go to bed. It is self explanatory - inspiring - and laid out so that the art piece speaks more than the words. The pieces in here are amazing and though I think I could never be an art quilter (as opposed to a quilt artist), there is much in here to encourage me to explore beyond my own boundaries.
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