Triangles creating squares-within-squares motif

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1960
Cotton sacking material
76 x 76 inches
Collection of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Rectangular organizations exist, sometimes almost imperceptibly, as base layers underneath many patterns of non-rectangular shapes. Pearlie Pettway's quilt resembles an aerial view of a pyramid, whose visual weight counterbalances the fabric's wild chartreuse and red.