DIAMONDS AND BARS - Die Kunst der Amischen/The Art of the Amish People

Abstraction and colour. Those are the buzzwords designating the salient charactistics of Amish quilts, which remind anyone looking at them of modern painting, be it Josef Albers, Barnett Newman or Frank Stella.

Diamonds and bars – lozenges, squares, elongated rectangles … fiery red, vivid green, smoky blue, purple … With their stringent geometry, broad colour fields and astringent composition, Amish quilts are startlingly close to Concrete Art, Hard-Edge painting and Minimalism. However, the modern appearance of these patchwork quilts stemmed from the design intention of an 18th-century Anabaptist Christian denomination that has chosen to live without benefit of modern technology in relative isolation. Although the Amish quilts in the collection date from the reign of Queen Victoria and the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau and Art Déco periods, they represent the diametric opposite of synchronous European-inspired American art yet prefigure the design principles of Modernism. Europeans began to discover Amish quilts in the 1960s when Minimal art and Concrete art were in their heyday. Maria Schlumberger – inspired by the high-profile FER Collection amassed by her partner Friedrich E. Rentschler – has consistently and with a passionate commitment to quality built up one of the best Amish quilt collections worldwide in the space of the past fifteen years.

These Amish quilts dating from the Victorian era, from the Jugendstil and Art Déco periods are astonishing for their stringent geometry, large colour fields and astringent compositions. They are strikingly close to Concrete Art, Hard-Edge painting and Minimal Art. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition \\\"Diamond and Bars\\\", staged by the Neue Sammlung | Design in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, between 30 March and June 2007. The exhibition then moves to the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

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Emne Tekstiler
Kunstner Diverse
Forfatter Edited by Florian Hufnagl
Sprog Engelsk/tysk
Illustrationer 160 ill. i farver
Format / Sideantal 31 x 29 cm / 216 sider
Udgivelsesår 2007
Indbinding Indbundet
Forlag Arnoldsche
Antikvarisk
Antal
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ISBN 9783897902626
Lev. 3 dage

Abstraction and colour. Those are the buzzwords designating the salient charactistics of Amish quilts, which remind anyone looking at them of modern painting, be it Josef Albers, Barnett Newman or Frank Stella.

Diamonds and bars – lozenges, squares, elongated rectangles … fiery red, vivid green, smoky blue, purple … With their stringent geometry, broad colour fields and astringent composition, Amish quilts are startlingly close to Concrete Art, Hard-Edge painting and Minimalism. However, the modern appearance of these patchwork quilts stemmed from the design intention of an 18th-century Anabaptist Christian denomination that has chosen to live without benefit of modern technology in relative isolation. Although the Amish quilts in the collection date from the reign of Queen Victoria and the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau and Art Déco periods, they represent the diametric opposite of synchronous European-inspired American art yet prefigure the design principles of Modernism. Europeans began to discover Amish quilts in the 1960s when Minimal art and Concrete art were in their heyday. Maria Schlumberger – inspired by the high-profile FER Collection amassed by her partner Friedrich E. Rentschler – has consistently and with a passionate commitment to quality built up one of the best Amish quilt collections worldwide in the space of the past fifteen years.

These Amish quilts dating from the Victorian era, from the Jugendstil and Art Déco periods are astonishing for their stringent geometry, large colour fields and astringent compositions. They are strikingly close to Concrete Art, Hard-Edge painting and Minimal Art. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition \\\"Diamond and Bars\\\", staged by the Neue Sammlung | Design in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, between 30 March and June 2007. The exhibition then moves to the ZKM in Karlsruhe.