Since the 19th century, the women of Gee's Bend in southern Alabama have created stunning, vibrant quilts. Beautifully illustrated with 110 color illustrations, The Quilts of Gee's Bend includes a historical overview of the two hundred years of extraordinary quilt-making in this African-American community, its people, and their art-making ...Read MoreSince the 19th century, the women of Gee's Bend in southern Alabama have created stunning, vibrant quilts. Beautifully illustrated with 110 color illustrations, The Quilts of Gee's Bend includes a historical overview of the two hundred years of extraordinary quilt-making in this African-American community, its people, and their art-making tradition. This book is being-released in conjunction with a national exhibition tour including The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.Read Less
"First edition, folio, pp. 190; profusely illustrated, (primarily in color, many full-pg); A fine copy in original blue cloth, dust jacket. A cultural celebration of the women of Gee's Bend, a tightly-knit and remote black community in Alabama where hundreds of quilt masterpieces were created that symbolize the town's history and artform. ""Few other places can boast the extent of Gee's Bend's artistic achievement, the result of both geographical isolation and an unusual degree of cultural continuity."""
Fine in Fine jacket. Book First Edition. Quarto, blue cloth covered boards with blindstamped title and spine titles. 190 pp. including general index, index of quiltmakers, bibliography, notes. Decorative endpapers. Very generously illustrated throughout with brillliant full color, full-page reproductions of the quilts and contemporary and vintage black and white photographs of the quiltmakers and Gee's Bend, along with historical and biographical and critical commentary. 195 illustrations in all with 162 in color. A gorgeous gathering of the strikingly modern looking quilts from this small Georgia community wher african american women have a long tradition of quiltmaking, for and exhibition that was shown only in Houston and the Whitney Museum. One of the striking features of these quilts is how much they resemble sophhisticated modern color field art despite being the product of a "primitive" style of design. A lovely book. Fine in fine dust jacket. UNCOMMON.
Timely delivery. Excellent book in great condition.
May 3, 2012
If you have any degree of interest in quilts, the making of them and their history, and even if you think you don't have such an interest, then do please read this book - it will blow your socks off!! It not only shows you wonderful examples of quilts made by women from a small community in the southern USA, but also gives you insight in to their lives and the necessity and joy they got from making these what can only be described as being works of art (and I'm an art student).
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