Bisa Butler:  Portraits 

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Bisa Butler (b. 1973) is an American artist who creates arresting and psychologically nuanced portraits composed entirely of vibrantly colored and patterned fabrics that she cuts, layers, and stitches together. Often depicting scenes from African American life and history, Butler invites viewers to invest in the lives of the people she represents while simultaneously expanding art-historical narratives about American quilt making. Situating her interdisciplinary work within the broader history of textiles, photography, and contemporary art, contributions by a group of scholars—and entries by the artist herself—illuminate Butler’s approach to color, use of African-print fabrics, and wide-ranging sources of inspiration. The first monograph on one of America’s most innovative contemporary artists, this volume will serve as a primary resource that both introduces Butler’s work and establishes a scholarly foundation for future research.

Edited by Erica Warren; With contributions by Bisa Butler, Jordan Carter, Isabella Ko, Erica Warren, and Michele Wije.


104 pages with 44 illustrations

8 in. x 12 in.

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  1. Jan 4, 2021

    from Chicago, IL

    I wanted to buy this book,but it says out of stock and continiosly delaying the release date.I am really disappointed.

  2. Dec 10, 2020

    from Houston, TX

    Beautiful book. Great way learn about the artist. Lots of pictures of her art.

  3. Dec 9, 2020

    from Libertyville, IL

    I loved this Bisa Butler: Portrait catalogue so much that I bought a second one for a friend. It makes me anxious to see the exhibit.

  4. Dec 9, 2020

    from Libertyville, IL

    I loved this Bisa Butler: Portraits catalogue so much I bought a second one for a friend.