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Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial

Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial

Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial

Mark Scala
Vanderbilt University Press
128 pages
$29.95

Creation Story explores parallels and intersections in the works of Dial and his fellow Alabamians, the remarkable quilters of Gee’s Bend. In the tradition of African American cemetery constructions and yard art, these artists harness the tactile properties and symbolic associations of cast-off materials in creating an art of profound beauty and evocative power. Produced against a backdrop of poverty and racism, these artworks have an appeal that crosses aesthetic, social, and geographical boundaries, earning them wide recognition as being among the most compelling art of our time.”

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