Lawsuits tinge quilters' fame

A dispute lingers as Walters displays works of Ala. women

June 28, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

The quilts of Gee's Bend, Ala., now on view at the Walters Art Museum, have brought national prominence and hope to an isolated rural community once thought of as an artistic backwater.

The bold, improvisational quilts have been exhibited around the world, cataloged in books, celebrated in magazines and newspapers, reproduced in licensed merchandise and documented in films, turning the quilters into icons of American art.

If You Go Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt runs through Aug. 26 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

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