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Paulson Fontaine Press

Perhaps the best known of the famous Gee’s Bend quilters of Alabama, Mary Lee Bendolph is an icon of American folk art and a virtuoso of abstraction. To create her free-form quilts, Bendolph uses salvaged materials in strings (wedges and triangles) or strips (rectangles) to create rhythmic and unpredictable patterns inspired by the world around her. The resulting compositions, which she has also created as prints, speak to a modernist language that, like other African-American traditions such as jazz and blues, emphasizes virtuosity and improvisation. The New York Times has hailed the Gee’s Bend quilts as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” Bendolph’s work has been shown at U.S. embassies around the world.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee BendolphMount Holyoke College Art Museum
Studio Visit: Selected Gifts from Agnes GundThe Museum of Modern Art
2014
Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) Saturday, June 21 – Sunday, July 27Guild Hall
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Lonnie's Flag, 2014

Color softground etching with aquatint and spitbite aquatint
30 3/4 × 29 1/2 in
78.1 × 74.9 cm
Edition of 50
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$2,500
Location
Berkeley
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Medium
Publisher
Paulson Fontaine Press

Perhaps the best known of the famous Gee’s Bend quilters of Alabama, Mary Lee Bendolph is an icon of American folk art and a virtuoso of abstraction. To create her free-form quilts, Bendolph uses salvaged materials in strings (wedges and triangles) or strips (rectangles) to create rhythmic and unpredictable patterns inspired by the world around her. The resulting compositions, which she has also created as prints, speak to a modernist language that, like other African-American traditions such as jazz and blues, emphasizes virtuosity and improvisation. The New York Times has hailed the Gee’s Bend quilts as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.” Bendolph’s work has been shown at U.S. embassies around the world.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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