This lovely strip-pieced quilt is made up of 36 blocks of shifting color and pattern that create an interlocking overall composition that is far more than the sum of its parts. At the time he made this quilt, James was pushing hard against the grid structure of traditional piecework, and the wide range of light and dark colored stripes and curved seams set complex rhythms in play against the six-over-six grid that underlies the quilt's design. The quilt's wide range of rich, carefully graduated color and tone and its combination of solid-colored and printed fabrics keep the viewer's eye in constant motion, providing an endlessly delightful play of light and dark visual yin-yang.
Michael James has long been recognized as one of the world's leading quiltmakers. Examples of his work are included in numerous private and corporate collections as well the collections of the Newark Museum, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C., the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, North Carolina, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. He currently serves as department chair and Ardis James Professor in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. There he works closely with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of foundation design, textile design and quilt studies.
Michael James' early quilts are tightly held in public and private collections and very rarely come into the marketplace. This piece was in a private collection from the time of its creation until its original owner's recent death. This is a highly unusual opportunity.
The quilt's original colors have faded from exposure to light over the years, and it is priced accordingly. It remains a vibrant and varied composition that is in perfect physical condition.
It has a hanging sleeve attached to its back and is ready to be displayed and enjoyed.
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