Chief Blanket with Blocks

Chief Blanket with Blocks

2002
Artist
James Koehler, American, 1952-2011
Work Locations: Santa Fe, NM
Country
United States
tapestry
hand-dyed wool and cotton tapestry
Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Claudia H. de Osborne and Louise Vigoda by exchange
2002.117
James Koehler (American). Chief Blanket with Blocks. 2002. hand-dyed wool and cotton tapestry. Neusteter Textile Collection: Funds from Claudia H. de Osborne and Louise Vigoda by exchange. 2002.117.
Dimensions
length: 74 1/2 in, 189.2300 cm; width: 47 in, 119.3800 cm
Edition
8 in an edition of 8
Inscription
Tag sewn on bottom right corner: James Koehler Chief Blanket with Blocks #8 of 8 (c) 2002.
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-American
“Color, structure, and form are the focus of my approach to design,” says artist James Koehler. Here he pays tribute to the dynamic stripes of the Navajo Chief Blanket and the Diamond in the Square pattern of Amish quilts from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but translates and unites these sources into his own distinctive composition.
Known Provenance
Purchased December 2002 from the artist James Koehler [Santa Fe, NM, 1952-2011] via Thirteen Moons Gallery [Santa Fe, NM] by the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "The Renwick Invitational: Four Discoveries in Craft," June 14 - October 14, 2002 (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.) (number 2 in the exhibition)
  • "No Boundaries: Art + Fiber," November 6, 2004 - July 10, 2005 (DAM)
  • "Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry," May 31, 2015 - March 6, 2016 (DAM)