Robert Shaw's site for contemporary art quilts.
Currently representing work by Pauline Burbidge, Joe Cunningham, Radka Donnell, Nancy Erickson,
Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade, Judtih Larzlere, M. Joan Lintault, Eleanor McCain, Joan Schulze, Susan Shie, and Ludmila Uspensakaya.
Also offering choice quilts from private collections by Michael James, Therese May, Hystercine Rankin,and many other artists.
American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 by Robert Shaw
The first truly comprehensive history of quilts and quiltmaking in the United States.
"An enduring work."
—Bernard L. Herman, George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies, University of North Carolina, CHOICE, May 2010.
"Surely the most important quilt book ever."
—Laura Fisher, author of Quilts of Illusion and Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art
"So outstanding that words practically fail me."
—Mary leman Austin, former Executive Editor, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine
ARTISTS, COLLECTORS & ORGANIZATIONS
· APPRAISER: Current, accurate, market-based
appraisals are essential to every collector, institution, or
artist. I offer formal written appraisals of quilts for tax and
insurance purposes. I have appraised quilts for artists,
collectors, and institutions wishing to establish and document
insurance values for their work and for collectors donating quilts
· AUTHOR, EDITOR, BOOK PRODUCER: I have
written many critically acclaimed books, articles, and essays
on traditional and contemporary folk art and hand crafts, and
have edited and produced books, catalogs, and calendars for museums,
corporations, publishers, and individuals. I can help you
produce a high quality publication of any kind and provide expert
design, photography, printing, and distribution options to you,
taking your idea from concept to bound book or facilitating anything
in between. My Vermont-based team can provide book development
and editing, copy editing, and book and cover design, and guide
your book through printing by award-winning presses.
· CONSULTANT AND ART ADVISOR: Knowledge is power. Every
serious collector needs and relies on unbiased expert advice.
My experience can save time and money and help avoid costly mistakes.
I have worked with many museums, businesses, and private collectors
to analyze and catalog collections and set goals for collection
development and care. I can act as your private curator and help
you focus your collecting activities, set realistic goals, and
find and acquire appropriate objects. I can also advise on museum-quality
care, display, and conservation of your collections.
· CURATOR: I can plan and organize your exhibition,
make arrangements for loans, photography and shipping, and write
and edit catalogs. I curated the landmark exhibition,
"The 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century,"
shown at International Quilt Festival in 1999, and also
have curated exhibitions at the Tokyo Great International Quilt
Festival, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution's
Renwick Gallery, the University of Michigan Art Museum, the
Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Shelburne Museum, the
Dallas Museum of Natural Science, the New England Quilt Museum,
and many other institutions and expositions in the US, Europe,
· SHOW AND CONTEST JUROR: I have juried dozens
of quilt shows, contests, and competitions, including Quilt National,
Quilt Visions, The Husqvarna Gallery of Quilt Art, The Millennium
Quilt Contest, The Great Arkansas Quilt Festival, The Front Range
Quilters "Elements" exhibition, Hands All Around: International
Quilts, and Tactile Architecture. My extensive curatorial knowledge
and broad artistic perspective will lend depth and credibility
to any show or contest.
More books by Robert Shaw
Art Quilts: A Celebration
Art Quilts: A Celebration is a beautifully designed and printed compendium of quilts from
the past decade of Quilt National exhibitions, from 1995 to 2003.
I contributed a substantial introduction that traces the history
of quiltmaking and puts the quilts in the book into context,
as well as a special section on collecting, displaying, and storing
art quilts. The book includes photographs of more than 400 quilts.
The spectacular full page color photographs accompany the artists'
illuminating personal commentary.
Soft cover, 512 pp- 8 1/2 x 11.
At $24.95, this is a lot of book for the money.
First brought to the islands by missionaries
and traders in the late 19th century, quilting in Hawaii adapted
to the physical and cultural environment of the islands to become
a distinctive art form. The earliest quilt in this collection
of Hawaiian masterworks dates from 1874 and the most recent from
1995. Following the format of his earlier Quilts: A Living Tradition,
Shaw includes a detailed color photograph, a historical introduction,
and a critique for each of the 48 quilts. Essential for textile
Hardcover, 12 x 9 in., 120 pp., 50 full-page
"With the appearance of this gorgeous
and ambitious book, it seems unlikely that quilts could ever
again be dismissively assumed to be staid, quaint, bound by tradition,
or strictly utilitarian. The Art Quilt is an art-lover's
treasure, a quiltmaker's bible, and a collector's reminder of
all the wonderful quilts yet to covet."
Hardcover, 14 x 11 in., 312 pp., more than
300 color photos. Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1997. ISBN: 0-88363-952-1
A Living Tradition
"This volume stands out amid a plethora
of books on the history of the quilt, not only for the richness
of its carefully chosen illustrations but also for the wealth
of information it conveys. Highly recommended."
Hardcover, 14 x 11 in. 312 pp., over 300
color photos. Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1994. ISBN: 0-88363-395-7.