The NGV has a rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable hand-stitched quilt by Martha Pettway, one of the most important quilters of Boykin, also known as Gee’s Bend, in Alabama. Quilt making traditions in Gee’s Bend date back to the early 1800s when the community was a cotton plantation and women patchworked fabric and clothing scraps together out of necessity. Over time, quilting developed into a distinctive artistic and material practice with its own dynamic, improvisational design language. Today, Gee’s Bend quilts are renowned for their vital contribution to the story of American art and can be found in the collections of leading museums internationally.
This quilt, from the 1930s, is a superb double-sided example of Pettway’s reworking of the popular ‘Housetop’ pattern – conventionally a design of concentric squares – and represents the rich cultural traditions underlying quilt production. Vibrant domestic fabrics dominate the face, while the reverse features a composite of rice, sugar and fertiliser bags.
With your support, this acquisition will expand the breadth of the NGV Collection for visitors to enjoy now and in the future.
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We warmly thank you for considering supporting this work by Martha Pettway (pictured left) and welcome donations of any amount to help make this acquisition possible. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
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