Contemporary Quilt Art

Contemporary Quilt Art

An Introduction and Guide
Kathleen Lenkowsky
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/23/2008
Format: Hardback 5 figures, 142 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-35124-1
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In the 1970s young artists "discovered" quilts and began experimenting with contemporary styles. Today quilt art is a staple of art exhibits nationwide. This handsomely illustrated introduction provides a useful guide to the contemporary art of quilting for quilters and collectors alike. The book illustrates the various styles of quilt art, introduces both established and emerging artists, and discusses aspects of their art as well as the process of quilt making. The reader will learn where to find the work of the best artists, and how to work directly with them when commissioning a quilt. Kate Lenkowsky gives an overview of exhibition and marketing opportunities and lists art quilt organizations at the national, regional, and local levels. Collectors will find a guide to resources on the conservation of textiles and options for displaying quilts in the home and elsewhere. A wonderful gift for anyone interested in viewing and collecting contemporary American art quilts.

Author Bio

Kate Lenkowsky has been quilting for more than a dozen years. Her "Call to Service," a large narrative quilt depicting volunteers serving their communities, hangs in the entryway of the Corporation for National and Community Service at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Bloomington (Indiana) Quilters' Guild, the Studio Art Quilt Associates, the Alliance for American Quilts, and the Fiber Art Study Group in Washington, D.C.


“A visually dazzling presentation and comprehensive discussion of contemporary work in a medium with a long history . . . Most important is the book's much-needed chronicle and analysis of the work of a range of innovative makers. ”
 — Janet Koplos, Senior Editor, Art in America magazine

“Like other crafts that have become highly collectible, art quilts are making the transition from being viewed solely as functional objects to being seen as the fine art pieces they are. A very important book for quilters and collectors alike.”
 — Martha Sielman, Executive Director, Studio Quilt Art Associates

“An enormously useful and instructive book for devotees as well as potential collectors of art quilts. I highly recommend this much needed publication.”
 — Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Curator, Museum of Arts & Design, New York

“Lenkowsky's well-researched and highly readable text accompanies a photographic gallery of art quilts by some of America's most respected makers. [A] visual feast.”
 — Lloyd E. Herman, founding director, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Table of Contents

Note on Terminology

Part 1. Introduction
1. The Evolution of a New Art Form from an Old Tradition
Early Innovations
Unique among the Crafts
The Arrival of Modern Art and Some Talented Immigrants
The Return of Studio Craft
A New Spirit Emerges in Textile and Fiber Art
The "New" Modern Art Takes Center Stage
Fiber and Textile Art Begin to Flourish
"Homemade" Makes a Comeback, and Quilt Guilds Proliferate
A New Art Form Begins to Evolve: Early Influences and Challenges
Museums Play a Role
Old Skills Are Revived
Artists Take Charge of the Medium
Building a Support System
The New Quilts
An Important Question Is Raised
Achieving Professional Status
New Challenges
Some Final Thoughts and Observations

Part 2. Artists
2. Liz Axford
3. Susan Brandeis
4. Rachel Brumer
5. Pauline Burbidge
6. Elizabeth Busch
7. Jean Williams Cacicedo
8. Dorothy Caldwell
9. Kyoung Ae Cho
10. Nancy Crow
11. Nancy Erickson
12. Carole Harris
13. Ana Lisa Hedstrom
14. Marilyn Henrion
15. Michael James
16. Jan Myers-Newbury
17. Ris? Nagin
18. Joy Saville
19. Joan Schulze
20. Julie John Upshaw

Part 3. A Guide for Buyers and Collectors
21. Educational Resources and the Market
Collections and Acquisition Policies
Making Use of Museum Resources
The International Quilt Study Center
The Quilt Index
Internet Galleries
Private Galleries
An Overview
What to Expect
Cooperative Galleries
National and International Competitions
Regional and Traveling Exhibitions
Fiber Art Destinations
Open Studio Days
Large Quilt Shows and Festivals
Local Guild Exhibitions
Student Work
Charitable Auctions
22. Suggestions for Buyers
23. Collecting: Some Well-Known Collectors and What We Can Learn from Them
24. Suggestions for Beginning Collectors<

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