New York

Susan Hoffman And Molly Upton

Kornblee Gallery

Jonathan Holstein’s collection of traditional quilts shown at the Whitney Museum, especially the intensely colored geometric Amish quilts, implied a likeness between American pieced work quilts and geometric abstractions such as those of Albers, Malevich, Noland and Rothko. Within the searching for “fore-mothers” on the part of women, the statement often was made that pieced work quilts were the women’s art of the 19th century whose abstraction predated the innovations of the 20th century. Whether or not this assertion has any validity, an issue which has died down rather than being satisfactorily resolved, the popularity of quilts paralleled an interest by artists, especially women, in using needlework to make art.

Molly Upton and Susan Hoffman began to make quilts in 1972. They formed a natural pair and Upton and Hoffman began a series of quilts in pairs, each dealing with a separate mood

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