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Nancy Crow, another influential teacher and writer of books, was instrumental in freeing quilting artists from certain preconceptions about rules. Her exhibit, Improvisational Quilts, was the first solo exhibition of art quilts done by the Renwick Gallery.
In doing so, they brought quilt art to the forefront as comparable to other forms of contemporary art. According to Robert Shaw, "Where other quilters were moving away from the traditional quilt one step at a time, seeing how far they could push the quilt format while still remaining connected to historical precedent, Hoffman and Upton largely ignored the rules and the assumed limitations of traditional quilting and simply leapt forward.
McMorris, Shaw The Quilters Hall of Fame QHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting and quilted art. Many of the quilt artists discussed here appear in their list of honorees.
The organization's list of honorees can be found on its website; early in their history, they had many honorees; now it appears that they generally honor only one and sometimes no quilt artists for their list. Important early exhibits in the U.
That exhibit of pieced quilts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, organized by Jonathan Holstein, presented the quilts on stark white walls with simple gallery labels.
Holstein organized the exhibit so that each piece could "be seen both as an isolated object and as part of a balanced flow of objects. The exhibit was widely reviewed, including a glowing report by the New York Times art critic, Hilton Kramer.
The abstract expressionists, like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newmanwho used large swaths of color on canvas, had had their moment in the s. They were followed in the s by such hard edge abstractionists as Frank Stella.
Thus the public had already been prepared for highly colored abstract art work; the pieced quilts in the Whitney exhibit fit into the current art scene.
The Whitney's pieced art exhibit toured the country and was followed by a quilt craze, which reached a culmination in the Bicentennial events of Many quilts were made for that event and a revival of interest in quilting techniques and materials started giving artists expanded work potential.
In addition the feminist movement of the late 60s and 70s produced a new interest in women who worked in the arts as well as formerly neglected women's work that could now be seen as art. Quilts, exhibited in galleries and museums, fit into the country's cultural and social concerns.
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Other exhibits in the s presented the "new type of quilt, one markedly different from its tradition-inspired counterparts. Mary Worrall Parry quilt, left, dated Right, Enoch and Mary Worrall quilt. Erickson and Starley Collection One of the pleasures of collecting and researching these quilts is traveling back in time and reuniting quilts that have been separated for more than years.
I found my first related quilt soon after acquiring the Enoch Worrall quilt and wondering why a star quilt had two oak reel blocks.
Both are bound with the same dotted fabric and feature many of the same people. Clearly a couple of the daughter's leftover reel blocks were handy when they were making the star quilt a few years later and finishing up the reel quilt. After solving the "reel mystery" which was first posed in a article about Quaker quilts in The Quilt Digest and connecting two immediate family quilts, I was enthralled with signature quilt and genealogy research.
The two families are doubly related as their great grandparents were both Worrall brothers who married Taylor sisters.
Fellow quilt scholar Cathy E. Edith is the extended cousin of Enoch Worrall. Since linking these two quilts we have found at least a dozen interrelated quilts made by this group of Quakers.
The quilts range from simple star patterns to very intricate designs.