“Workt by Hand” showcases rarely seen treasured quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s Decorative Arts collection. Quilts can be seen as functional objects or artistic creations. They are a demonstration of skill and creative expression, a labour of love often made by women and undervalued. In the exhibition the quilts are hung like modernist paintings, elevating them to the same level as “high” art. Having just seen the work of El Anatsui I couldn’t help noticing a similarity between the two exhibitions. Despite the use of very different materials, both are patchworks of abstract designs.
Workt by Hand: Hidden Labour and Historical Quilts is on at the Brooklyn Museum until 15th Sept 2013.