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Decorative Arts

 Anna Williams, a quilt-maker born and raised near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, made quilts throughout her life, incorporating scraps of traditional printed cottons, unusual synthetics, and woven or decorated fabrics such as the sequined pieces seen here. The artist’s bold approach combines traditional block settings with free-flowing improvisation and an expert use of color.

In the late 1980s, Williams’s unique style of quilt-making was recognized by artists and collectors, who encouraged her to exhibit and sell her work. This was the first quilt by a known African American maker to enter the Brooklyn Museum collection.
MEDIUM Cotton, synthetics
DATES 1995
DIMENSIONS 76 1/4 x 61 1/2 in. (193.7 x 156.2 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Handwritten on sewn label on reverse: "CV/Anna Williams/1995"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
CREDIT LINE Gift in memory of Horace H. Solomon
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Anna Williams (American, 1927-2010). Quilt, 1995. Cotton, synthetics, 76 1/4 x 61 1/2 in. (193.7 x 156.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift in memory of Horace H. Solomon, 2011.18 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2011.18.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2011.18.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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