"Lazy Gal" ("Bars")

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1965
Denim and cotton
80 x 69 inches

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The startling composition of this quilt’s strictly vertical set of bold strips, top to bottom—navy, white, and dusk purple—results in an object as deliberately monolithic and clearly formulated as a Barnett Newman painting. And somehow, its strange spiritual resonance—its sense of completeness, of utter quietness—transcends almost any modern painting to which one might compare it.

The startling composition of this quilt’s strictly vertical set of bold strips, top to bottom—navy, white, and dusk purple—results in an object as deliberately monolithic and clearly formulated as a Barnett Newman painting. And somehow, its strange spiritual resonance—its sense of completeness, of utter quietness—transcends almost any modern painting to which one might compare it.