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Decorative Arts

On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, South (rectangular gallery), 4th floor
 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)
MARKINGS Handwritten on sewn label on reverse: "CV/Anna Williams/1995"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
CREDIT LINE Gift in memory of Horace H. Solomon
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