Friday July 25th 2014

Quilts as Art

It’s always exciting when an art museum──not a quilt museum, but a major, mainstream art museum──decides to showcase the visual power of antique quilts. That’s why I’m very happy to tell you about “Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection”, opening April 6, 2014 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Gerald Roy and the late Paul Pilgrim became interested in antique American quilts in the 1960s when they purchased some for clients of their interior decorating business. Both artists, they were amazed by the similarity to the work of Abstract Expressionist and Op Art painters, and began buying the most interesting pieces for themselves. The two went on to live a quilt life extraordinaire, as collectors, appraisers, quiltmakers, historians, antiques dealers, and more.

For this exhibit, 60 quilts, with the sophisticated color choices and stunning graphics that first attracted Pilgrim and Roy, have been chosen. If you live in the Boston area or can plan a trip there (the exhibit runs through July 27), this is an event you won’t want to miss…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Double Wedding Ring Quilt American, Missouri, African American, about 1940. Pieced cotton plain weave top, cotton plain weave back and binding; quilted; Pilgrim / Roy Collection; photo courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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One Comment for “Quilts as Art”

  • Betty Jo says:

    I too think it is exciting to have a major art museum showcase antique quilts as art. It will be a truly red letter day when a major art museum recognizes some of today’s magnificent show quilts as art.
    They seem more willing to believe the quilters of history made art, but may not see quilters of today in the same light. Still, this recognition is progress.


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