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In keeping with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s goal to become one of the country’s leading sculpture parks, the institution is pleased to announce the addition of new work by Carl Andre, Tom Burr, Paul McCarthy, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Alyson Shotz, and Kenneth Snelson, on view this summer.

A founder of 1960s American minimalism, Carl Andre developed a commitment to making objects that were comprised of an assembly and arrangement of elements. One of the artist’s few outdoor works, Sphinges is comprised of sixteen units of eastern pine placed to form a grid, playing on the riddle of the Sphinx. Like much of Andre’s work, Sphinges is made of raw materials and its arrangement is based on masonry techniques, which assert that the pattern in which the components are placed can determine the durability of the structure. The sculpture reveals the intrinsic beauty of the pine through repetition of forms and the artist’s purposeful placement of units.

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On April 6, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts will present the exhibition ‘Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection.’ The show will feature 60 quilts from the renowned Pilgrim/Roy collection, which was assembled by two trained artists, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, over five decades. Pilgrim and Roy favored bold and striking designs that echoed the work of mid-20th century Abstract Expressionists and optical artists.

The exhibition’s opening sections will begin with the brightly colored works that first caught the collectors’ attention and sparked their life-long passion for quilts. This portion will explore the principles of color theory and the use of color vibrations, mixtures, gradations and harmonies in quilts from the 19th to early 20th century. The exhibition will also touch on traditional designs, the effect of color and pattern, and artists who worked outside of standard patterns and design.

‘Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection’ will be complemented by a number of events at the Museum of Fine Arts including discussions led by collector Gerald Roy and a live quilt making demonstration.

The exhibition will remain on view through July 27.

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Monday, 18 March 2013 16:47

Exhibition Explores Evolution of the Quilt

Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution, which is on view at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, traces the evolution of the North American quilt from the early 19th century to the present day. The exhibition is guest curated by Jean M. Burke of Vermont’s Shelburne Museum and explores how the form, fashion and, function of quilts have changed over the centuries.

Beyond the Bed presents a wide variety of objects from bed coverings, wall decorations, and clothing to three-dimensional sculptures and furniture accessories. While, some of the quilts on view are traditional in pattern and construction, others are more progressive.

Highlights include a rare pincushion quilt attributed to a member of the Vanderbilt family; Ella B. Chase’s (unknown-1919) Pickwick Papers Crazy Quilt depicting characters from Charles Dickens’ Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; a tromp l’oeil quilt carved by Fraser Smith (b. 1971) from a 200-pound block of wood; and a free-standing quilted sculpture by Dominique Ehrmann.

Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution will be on view through June 16, 2013.

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