ACA GALLERIES is showing for the first time at The Armory Show and the storied dealer has dedicated its entire booth to Faith Ringgold. There are three paintings from her Black Light Series (1967-69) on display, graphic political prints from the early 1970s, figurative sculptures made in 1978, story quilts including “Change 2” (1988) and “Tar Beach #2” (1990), and paintings on fabric from 2010 called tankas that feature portraits of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King Jr.
“We decided to really show people what she’s been doing every decade,” said Dorian Bergen, the president of ACA, who works directly with Ringgold.
“Faith Ringgold: Change” is on view in the Focus section of the New York City art fair where a selection of galleries has been invited to mount one- and two-artists shows. Organized by Lauryn Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 29 galleries are participating in the Focus section this year, showing works that “explore identity through figuration of both real and imagined forms.”
Last fall, ACA presented works by Ringgold at Frieze London. The wider selection showcased in New York amounts to a mini survey with nearly 20 works for sale. Bergen said prices for the works are wide ranging: prints ($2,000), tankas ($250,000), story quilts ($450,000-$500,000), and paintings (in the millions).
Established in 1932, ACA is recognized for its progressive program. Since its founding, the gallery has supported American artists from a variety of backgrounds, including African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White and Richard Mayhew, when few other galleries were willing to do so. Ringgold has been represented by ACA since 1995.