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About Faith Ringgold

A fervent civil rights and gender equality activist, Faith Ringgold has produced an inherently political oeuvre. In the early 1970s, she abandoned traditional oils for painting in acrylic on unstretched canvas with fabric borders, a technique evoking Tibetan thangkas (silk paintings with embroidery). The painted narrative quilts for which Ringgold is best known grew out of these early paintings, and denounce racism and discrimination with their subject matter. Combining quilt making, genre painting, and story telling through images and hand-written texts, the series “The American Collection” (1997) endeavors to rewrite African American art history, emphasizing the importance of family, roots, and artistic collaboration. In addition to demonstrating against the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney over what she perceives to be their exclusion of black and female artists, Ringgold has co-founded groups to support these demographics.

American, b. 1930, Harlem, New York, based in San Diego, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
On Such a Night as This, ACA Galleries, New York
2015
A Constellation, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
2015
An American Century, ACA Galleries, New York
2014
Social Art In America: Then and Now, ACA Galleries, New York
2011