Diamonds and Bars
Amish Art: Quilts from the Schlumberger Collection
By (author) Florian Hufnagl
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Diamonds and Bars by Florian Hufnagl
Book DescriptionAbstraction 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, smokey 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 the 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 Deco 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. Between 30 March and June 2007 the Neue Sammlung in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, is showing a selection of these objects. The exhibition then moves to the ZKM in Karlsruhe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9783897902626
(305mm x 295mm x 24mm)
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: Germany
Books By Author Florian Hufnagl
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Presentation of the Adam collection, a significant private collection of Moroccan nomad carpets, alongside European and American twentieth century art to provide an insight into the spiritual connections and cultural crosspollination between east and west.
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Comprehensive monograph of the Swiss jewellery artist Otto Kunzli.
Hans-Theo Baumann, Hardback (July 2010)
Hans-Theo Baumann lastingly shaped post-war design in the Federal Republic of Germany. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the many designs submitted by Hans-Theo Baumann in a wide variety of fields - porcelain, pottery, furniture, lighting, glass, cutlery and tableware, textiles, plastics and wood.
Giampaolo Babetto, Hardback (March 2010)» View all books by Florian Hufnagl
Simple form soaring to delicate compositions shapes the work of the Italian artist Giampaolo Babetto. His jewellery is celebrated - like all his work. This title features colour illustrations that show some of the most beautiful pieces by Giampaolo Babetto and his immediate environment - the Euganean Hills south of Padua.
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