What do we mean when we say we are “Modern” quilters? Do we mean simply we are quilters who are making art that speaks to the “now”? That we’re of-the-moment, or trendy? Or are we identifying ourselves with the world of Modern Art? What is “Modern Art?”
In my series “Lessons in Modern Art for Modern Quilters” I want to look at the history of this historical artistic movement, and relate the paintings (and sculptures) created during this time to our quilting community’s aesthetic.
I am not an art historian, and I am not an academic. However, I felt a need to better understand Modern Art and am using this blog as a place where I can store my notes and analyze how “Modern Quilting” relates to Modernism as a whole.
My planned outline (subject to change) is to cover Impressionism (1870s) through Hard-Edge Painting (1960s) and the relevant styles that lie between. I hope you enjoy this series as I have had immense pleasure looking to the past and being inspired by our Modernist predecessors!