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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1975
105 x 95 inches
Collection of
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco museum purchase American Art Trust Fund and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

One of the most successful of all the corduroy quilts in its maximizing of the fabric's richly reflective nature is Annie Mae Young's monumental strip quilt. She combines blue strips to form a bold, edge-to-edge band. Young then tops this rich center with a thin passage of vertical, many-colored strips, and a much wider, vertically arranged row of colored stripes at the bottom, producing an ineffably commanding image. In its confident, utterly original being, this object ranks with the finest abstract art in any tradition.