Anna Williams, an African American 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 a masterful 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.
76 1/4 x 61 1/2 in. (193.7 x 156.2 cm) (show scale)
Handwritten on sewn label on reverse: "CV/Anna Williams/1995"
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Gift in memory of Horace H. Solomon
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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. Creative Commons-BY
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Pieced quilt of various multicolored printed cottons in an overall abstract pattern composed mostly of triangles. Bordered by row of small squares and long thin pieces of textile. Reverse is printed cotton with green and blue swirl pattern.
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