GEE'S BEND: ARCHITECTURE OF THE QUILT
With contributions by William Arnett, Louisiana P. Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta P. Bennett, Dilys Blum, Joanne Cubbs, Maggi McCormick Gordon, Bernard L. Herman, Amei Wallach and Laren Whitley
This book examines the resurgence of interest in quilting in the community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, and documents the development of key traditional quilt patterns-housetop, court-house steps, flying geese, and strip quilting-through the presentation of outstanding examples created from the 1930s into the 21st century. Critics and popular audiences alike marvel at these quilts that combine the best of contemporary design with a deeply rooted ethnic heritage and compelling human stories about the women.
The quilts represented in this book, none previously presented to the public, demonstrate how the quilters improvise upon the structure or "architecture" of the quilt to create a work of art that is based upon a traditional quilt pattern while simultaneously creating a visual vocabulary that is stylistically identifiable as Gee's Bend. Each pattern is examined with visual examples detailing various interpretations. New works by granddaughters and great-granddaughters of some of the master quilt makers are presented, along with quilts not previously exhibited by quilt makers Mary Lee Bendolph and Mary L. Bennett.
Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt is also the name of the traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). The exhibition will open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008. The book's 330 color illustrations and insightful text bring home the exciting experience to readers while displaying all the cultural heritage and craftsmanship that have gone into these remarkable quilts.
224 pages, 330 color illustrations, 11 1/2" x 13 1/4"
Hardcover ISBN: 978-97190454
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