Eli Leon: Improvisational African-American Quilts
A special province of African-American quilts features IMPROVISATION, CONTRAST, MULTIPLE PATTERNS, SHIFTS IN SCALE, and OTHER THAN 4-SIDED BORDERING ARRANGEMENTS.
Three Sixes.  Pieced by
Rosie Lee Tompkins, Richmond, California, 1987.  Quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, Oakland, California, 1996.
Rosie Lee Tompkins' textile art works demolish the category.
Roberta Smith,
The New York Times
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Put-together (detail).  Pieced by
Rosie Lee Tompkins, Richmond, California, 1985.  Quilted by Willia Ette Graham, Oakland, CA, 1986.
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Tompkins's quilts have a tactile allure and wobbly ecstasy unmatched by any canvas. Andrea Scott
The New Yorker
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Put-together.  Pieced by
Rosie Lee Tompkins, Richmond, California, 1992.  Quilted by Irene Bankhead, Oakland, California, 1992
Tompkins's quilts are works of such distinction and devotion that they supercede established art-historical categories.  Alison Bing
Artweek