Who'd a Thought It: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking
1987·San Francisco, California
by Leon, Eli and Robert Farris Thompson
San Francisco, California: San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, 1987. Softcover. VG- (Ex-art library, with spine label and few interior marks and labels and bookplate; page edges are tanning lightly.). Color illus. & light turquoise wraps, 88 pp., many BW & color illus. Issued in conjunction with a 1987-1988 exhibition of African-American quilts from the collection of Eli Leon. "Among the thousands of examples by black quiltmakers he has seen, the quilts Leon has chosen to collect are those most clearly distinguishable from the familiar European-American styles. Leon calls 'Afro-traditional' the quilts he believes exemplify a black tradition in American quiltmaking. 'Afro-traditional' quilts have irregular patterns which have been misperceived, by people versed in the standard American quiltmaking tradition, as mistakes. A deeper understanding allows us to see that something else is going on here -- a distinctly different African-American aesthetic of improvisation." With essays by Eli Leon and Robert Farris Thompson, and many examples to view.
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