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      • BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) La Quinceañera.
        Oct. 19, 2023

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) La Quinceañera.

        Est: $40,000 - $60,000

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) La Quinceañera. Quilted and appliquéd dyed cotton fabrics with lace collage, 2007. 844x641 mm; 33 x25 inches. Signed in thread, lower right. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New Jersey (2007). Born in Orange, NJ, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a BFA degree. During her education at Howard, she refined her natural talents under the tutelage of lecturers such as Loïs Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson, and Ernie Barnes. Butler then went on to earn an MFA from Montclair State University in 2005. Butler was a high school art teacher for ten years in the Newark Public Schools and three years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. While obtaining her MFA, Butler took a Fiber Arts class where she had an artistic epiphany relating to how she expresses her art. "As a child, I was always watching my mother and grandmother sew, and they taught me. After that class, I made a portrait quilt for my grandmother on her deathbed, and I have been making art quilts ever since." Butler's work was recently the focus of a solo exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit that began at the Katonah Museum of Art, 2020 - 2021. The Toledo Museum of Art recently exhibited Butler's work in a group show. Butler's artwork has recently been acquired by many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Kemper Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Pérez Museum of Art, Miami. WITH -- La Quinceañera. Ink on paper, 2007. 280x216 mm; 11x8 1/2 inches. Signed, titled and dated in ink, lower right.

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      • BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Sea Island Woman.
        Oct. 06, 2022

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Sea Island Woman.

        Est: $40,000 - $60,000

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Sea Island Woman. Quilted and appliquéd dyed cotton fabrics with collage of cotton bolls, woven raffia and wicker, 2007. 914x406 mm; 36x16 inches. Signed in thread, lower right. Provenance: acquired from Hearne Fine Art, AR, private collection, AR (2008). Referencing the South Carolina Sea Islands Gullah Geechee culture, and the history of Sea Island cotton, Bisa Butler portrays a woman picking cotton with a full basket in her hand and on her head. Sea Island cotton and plantations were notorious for having horrible conditions while cultivating the most famous of all strains of cotton. Born in Orange, NJ, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a BFA degree. During her education at Howard, she refined her natural talents under the tutelage of lecturers such as Loïs Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson, and Ernie Barnes. Butler then went on to earn an MFA from Montclair State University in 2005. Butler was a high school art teacher for ten years in the Newark Public Schools and three years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. While obtaining her MFA, Butler took a Fiber Arts class where she had an artistic epiphany relating to how she expresses her art. "As a child, I was always watching my mother and grandmother sew, and they taught me. After that class, I made a portrait quilt for my grandmother on her deathbed, and I have been making art quilts ever since." Butler's work was recently the focus of a solo exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit that began at the Katonah Museum of Art, 2020 - 2021. The Toledo Museum of Art recently exhibited Butler's work in a group show. Butler's artwork has recently been acquired by many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Kemper Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Pérez Museum of Art, Miami.

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      • Bisa Butler, b. 1973, untitled, Woman
        May. 22, 2021

        Bisa Butler, b. 1973, untitled, Woman

        Est: $20,000 - $30,000

        Bisa Butler b. 1973 untitled, Woman c. 2005-2006 quilt; dyed cotton with appliqué 44 3/4 x 36 inches signed with stitch in image Provenance: private collection, Philadelphia, PA

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      • Bisa Butler, b. 1973, untitled, Stevie Wonder
        May. 22, 2021

        Bisa Butler, b. 1973, untitled, Stevie Wonder

        Est: $10,000 - $20,000

        Bisa Butler b. 1973 untitled, Stevie Wonder c. 2005-2006 quilt; dyed cotton with appliqué 20 x 25 1/2 inches signed with stitch in image Provenance: private collection, Philadelphia, PA

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      • BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Nandi and Natalie (Friends).
        Apr. 22, 2021

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Nandi and Natalie (Friends).

        Est: $7,000 - $10,000

        BISA BUTLER (1973 - ) Nandi and Natalie (Friends). Quilted and appliquéd dyed cotton fabrics, 2007. 686x800 mm; 27x31 1/2 inches. Initialed "BB" in thread, lower right. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New Jersey (2007). This early work by Bisa Butler is the first quilt of this exciting contemporary fabric artist to come to auction. Formally trained, Bisa Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with a BFA degree. It was during her education at Howard that Butler was able to refine her natural talents under the tutelage of lecturers such as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeff Donaldson and Ernie Barnes. Butler then went on to earn a Masters in Art from Montclair State University in 2005. Bisa Butler was a high school art teacher for 10 years in the Newark Public Schools and 3 years at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. While in the process of obtaining her Masters degree Butler took a Fiber Arts class where she had an artistic epiphany and she finally realized how to express her art. "As a child, I was always watching my mother and grandmother sew, and they taught me. After that class, I made a portrait quilt for my grandmother on her deathbed, and I have been making art quilts ever since." Butler's work is currently the focus of a solo exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the second stop of a traveling exhibit which began at the Katonah Museum of Art. The Toledo Museum of Art is also currently exhibiting Butler's work in a group show. Butler's artwork has recently been acquired by many private and public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Nelson-Adkins Museum, The Kemper Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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