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News: Faith Ringgold Will Keep Fighting Back, June 11, 2020 - The New York Times, Bob Morris

Faith Ringgold Will Keep Fighting Back

June 11, 2020 - The New York Times, Bob Morris

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Faith Ringgold has seen plenty of shake-ups and strange moments in her 89 well-traveled years. But the provocative Harlem-born artist — who has confronted race relations in this country from every angle, led protests to diversify museums decades ago, and even went to jail for an exhibition she organized — has had no reference point for the pandemic keeping her in lockdown and creatively paralyzed in her home in this leafy suburb for much of the spring.

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New Yorkers invited to design iconic Rockefeller Center flags

May 18, 2020 - 6sqft, Devin Gannon

A public art competition launched last week that asks New Yorkers to submit designs for the iconic flags that surround the Rink at Rockefeller Center. Led by the site’s developer Tishman Speyer, “The Flag Project” is looking for artwork that celebrates New York City, whether it be through graphic design, a drawing, or collage. Winning designs will be made into flags and flown from Rockefeller Center’s 192 flagpoles this August as part of a temporary exhibit.

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"Riffs and Relations" Examines Influence of European Modernism on Black Artists

March 25, 2020 - Hypebeast

The sweeping coronavirus pandemic has closed museums around the world for the near future, but the visual arts can still be enjoyed at least to an extent. One current exhibition, “Riffs and Relations” at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is turning the spotlight on an expansive group of African-American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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News: 'Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition' Opens at The Phillips on Feb. 29, February 25, 2020

'Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition' Opens at The Phillips on Feb. 29

February 25, 2020

On Saturday, The Phillips Collection in D.C. will debut Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, a pioneering exhibition expanding the narrative of modern art in America by exploring the rich and complex history of 20th– and 21st–century African American artists and their responses to European modernism. Organized by guest curator Dr. Adrienne L. Childs and The Phillips Collection, Riffs and Relations will be on view exclusively at The Phillips Collection from February 29–May 24, 2020.

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News: Richard Mayhew: Transcendence, February  5, 2020

Richard Mayhew: Transcendence

February 5, 2020

Exhibition: MARCH 26 TO MAY 9, 2020

ACA Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Richard Mayhew, Transcendence, which celebrates the release of his first monograph (Chronicle Books, 2020) with an essay and interview by Andrew Walker, Executive Director of the Amon Carter Museum.

 

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News: This Artwork Changed My Life: Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”, January 21, 2020 - Artsy, Casey Lesser

This Artwork Changed My Life: Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”

January 21, 2020 - Artsy, Casey Lesser

Elephant and Artsy have come together to present This Artwork Changed My Life, a creative collaboration that shares the stories of life-changing encounters with art. A new piece will be published every two weeks on both Elephant and Artsy. Together, our publications want to celebrate the personal and transformative power of art.

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News: ART REVIEW: Tuning in to African American art, January 19, 2020 - Herald-Tribune, Marty Fugate

ART REVIEW: Tuning in to African American art

January 19, 2020 - Herald-Tribune, Marty Fugate

Ringling College exhibit ‘Spectrum’ captures the distant stations of African-American artists

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News:  Race, resistance and revolution: what to expect from US art in 2020, January  6, 2020 - The Guardian, Nadja Sayej

Race, resistance and revolution: what to expect from US art in 2020

January 6, 2020 - The Guardian, Nadja Sayej

In the months leading up to the election, museums and galleries across America will host a number of impassioned and political exhibitions.

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News: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, January  2, 2020 - Artforum, Kerry James Marshall

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

January 2, 2020 - Artforum, Kerry James Marshall

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL ON PABLO PICASSO, FAITH RINGGOLD, HENRI MATISSE, AND ALMA THOMAS AT MOMA

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News: Joseph Peller featured in “Solar Impressions” at the Southampton Arts Center, November 16 – December 29, 2019, December 20, 2019

Joseph Peller featured in “Solar Impressions” at the Southampton Arts Center, November 16 – December 29, 2019

December 20, 2019

Joseph Peller is featured in Solar Impressions at the Southampton Arts Center from November 16 through December 29, 2019. 

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Phase 2, an Aerosol Art Innovator, Is Dead at 64

December 20, 2019 - Jon Caramanica

In the early 1970s, the dawn of what became known as hip-hop, he helped shape the art of graffiti on New York City subways. But he hated the word.

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News: Exhibitions London 2019: Best art shows of the year, from Kara Walker to Cindy Sherman, December 18, 2019 - Evening Standard, Zoe Paskett

Exhibitions London 2019: Best art shows of the year, from Kara Walker to Cindy Sherman

December 18, 2019 - Evening Standard, Zoe Paskett

The capital’s galleries and museums have been packed to the rafters with outstanding exhibitions this year.

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News: Expert Eye: Isaac Julien shares his favourite works at Art Basel in Miami Beach, December  7, 2019 - The Art Newspaper, Gabriella Angeleti

Expert Eye: Isaac Julien shares his favourite works at Art Basel in Miami Beach

December 7, 2019 - The Art Newspaper, Gabriella Angeleti

As we traverse Art Basel in Miami Beach, Isaac Julien is mobbed and praised by collectors and fans at every other step. The London-based artist and film-maker is best-known for his poetic and visionary documentaries such as the film installation Lessons of the Hour: Frederick Douglass (2019), which is being shown at Metro Pictures. In the fair’s new Meridians section is the US premiere of Julien’s Lina Bo Bardi—A Marvellous Entanglement (2019), a tribute to the late Brazilian artist and architect. Here, he shares with us his favourite works at the fair.

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News: The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach, December  5, 2019 - Artsy, Alina Cohen

The 10 Best Booths at Art Basel in Miami Beach

December 5, 2019 - Artsy, Alina Cohen

At the Art Basel in Miami Beach press conference on Wednesday morning, Dan Gelber, mayor of Miami Beach, likened the 18th edition of the fair to a teenager “coming of age.” That may be true in many respects: This year’s presentation at the Miami Beach Convention Center expects collectors from over 70 countries, and features 269 galleries from 33 countries. Yet the fair is still youthful enough to accept a good prank. One of the most talked-about artworks is a banana duct-taped to a wall. The piece is by none other than Maurizio Cattelan and aptly titled Comedian (2019); two of three editions were sold by Perrotin by the end of the VIP preview, each priced at $120,000. Below, we share some of our non-biodegradable favorites from the fair.

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For Faith Ringgold, the Past Is Present

December 3, 2019 - The New York Times, Farah Nayeri

The Harlem artist will have works from the 1970s and 1990s on view at Art Basel Miami Beach.

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News: An Art-Inspired Gift Guide to Make Your Holidays Shine Bright, November 27, 2019 - Hyperallergic

An Art-Inspired Gift Guide to Make Your Holidays Shine Bright

November 27, 2019 - Hyperallergic

With the holidays nearly upon us, it’s time again to start thinking about how you want to celebrate your loved ones. If capitalism is your preferred means for expressing affection, have no fear, Hyperallergic’s editors have banded together to offer our picks for some of this year’s top art-related gifts. From books, to playing cards, and various hand-crafted goods, we’ve got you covered this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Peruse away below:

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News: Black art has its moment, finally, November 25, 2019 - The Philadelphia Tribune, Roberta Smith

Black art has its moment, finally

November 25, 2019 - The Philadelphia Tribune, Roberta Smith

What made the 2010s the most thrilling of all the decades I’ve spent in the New York art world was the rising presence of Black artists of every ilk, on every front: in museums, commercial galleries, art magazines, private collections and public commissions.

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News: A Sea Change in the Art World, Made by Black Creators, November 24, 2019 - The New York Times, Roberta Smith

A Sea Change in the Art World, Made by Black Creators

November 24, 2019 - The New York Times, Roberta Smith

What made the 2010s the most thrilling of all the decades I’ve spent in the New York art world was the rising presence of black artists of every ilk, on every front: in museums, commercial galleries, art magazines, private collections and public commissions.

 

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News: Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Collect Works by Women in 2020, November 18, 2019 - ARTNews, Claire Selvin

Baltimore Museum of Art Will Only Collect Works by Women in 2020

November 18, 2019 - ARTNews, Claire Selvin

Under the leadership of director Christopher Bedford, the Baltimore Museum of Art has made strides towards diversifying its collection. In 2018, the institution sparked a controversy when it deaccessioned works by white male artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Franz Kline, and used proceeds from those sales to purchase pieces by Charles Gaines, Emma Amos, Faith Ringgold, Ana Mendieta, and other artists of color and women artists.

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News: ‘Soul of a Nation’ explodes with Black Power, November 12, 2019 - SF Examiner, Anita Katz

‘Soul of a Nation’ explodes with Black Power

November 12, 2019 - SF Examiner, Anita Katz

“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983,” a comprehensive traveling exhibition celebrating African-American art and artists from the stormy, revolutionary, momentous Black Power era, has arrived at the de Young Museum.

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News: DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR LISA FARRINGTON ILLUSTRATES HOW ART ENRICHES A JUSTICE-FOCUSED EDUCATION, November  7, 2019 - John Jay College of Criminal Justice

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR LISA FARRINGTON ILLUSTRATES HOW ART ENRICHES A JUSTICE-FOCUSED EDUCATION

November 7, 2019 - John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lisa Farrington, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Founding Chair Emeritus in the Department of Art & Music, has lived a life surrounded by art—whether creating it, analyzing it, writing about it, or teaching a course, art has been at the center of her life. Over the years, her work has garnered a number of accolades, most recently the Lifetime Achievement award from the Anyone Can Fly Foundation. The award, which honors master artists and scholars of the African diaspora, was especially meaningful because it came from Faith Ringgold, the artist that awoke Farrington’s passion for African-American art. “Growing up I didn’t know much about African-American artists because African-American art wasn’t being taught in most schools at the time. It was during an art class that I took while pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Howard University, a Historically Black College, that I was introduced to Faith Ringgold’s work. We were shown her painting ‘American People Series #20: Die’ and I was completely blown away by her work. That piece now hangs next to Picasso’s ‘Demoiselles d’Avignon’ at the Museum of Modern Art.” Years later, while attending the CUNY Graduate Center, Ringgold’s work took center stage in Farrington’s doctoral dissertation, which later became two books, and put her on a path toward educating at John Jay.

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News: ‘We were always here’: Blockbuster ‘Soul of a Nation’ comes to de Young Museum, November  7, 2019 - Datebook, Charles Desmarais

‘We were always here’: Blockbuster ‘Soul of a Nation’ comes to de Young Museum

November 7, 2019 - Datebook, Charles Desmarais

The latest edition of the catalog for “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” the blockbuster exhibition that opens Saturday, Nov. 9, at the de Young Museum, features an extraordinary cover image.

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News: The Pattern and Decoration Movement Is the Missing Feminist Piece of Our Maximalist Moment, November  5, 2019 - Architectural Digest, Stacie Stukin

The Pattern and Decoration Movement Is the Missing Feminist Piece of Our Maximalist Moment

November 5, 2019 - Architectural Digest, Stacie Stukin

A new MOCA exhibition reminds viewers of P&D's quilts, wallpapers, and long-overlooked significance

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News: MoMA’s Revisionism Is Piecemeal and Problem-Filled: Feminist Art Historian Maura Reilly on the Museum’s Rehang, October 31, 2019 - Artnews, Maura Reilly

MoMA’s Revisionism Is Piecemeal and Problem-Filled: Feminist Art Historian Maura Reilly on the Museum’s Rehang

October 31, 2019 - Artnews, Maura Reilly

During the 1990s, while pursuing my graduate art history degree at New York University, I worked in the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art, where I led gallery tours of the museum’s permanent collection for the general public and occasionally VIPs. At that time, the permanent exhibition galleries, representing art produced from 1880 to the mid-1960s, were arranged to tell the “story” of modern art as conceived by founding director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., beginning with Monet and Cézanne, and then leading into Picasso, Futurism, Surrealism, and Jackson Pollock. According to Barr, “modern art” was a synchronic, linear progression of “isms” in which one (heterosexual, white) male “genius” from Europe or the U.S. influenced another who inevitably trumped or subverted his previous master, thereby producing an avant-garde progression. Barr’s story was so ingrained in the institution that it was never questioned as problematic. The fact that very few women, artists of color, and those not from Europe or North America—in other words, all “Other” artists—were not on display was not up for discussion. Indeed, I was dissuaded by my boss from cheekily offering a tour of “women artists in the collection” at a time when there were only eight on view.

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News: MoMA Reopening: Everything You Need to Know, October 21, 2019 - The New York Times, Azi Paybarah

MoMA Reopening: Everything You Need to Know

October 21, 2019 - The New York Times, Azi Paybarah

For the last four months, one of the best known art institutions in the country, the Museum of Modern Art has been closed as part of an approximately $450 million renovation.

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News: What the New MoMA Misunderstands About Pablo Picasso and Faith Ringgold, October 18, 2019 - Frieze, Jack McGrath

What the New MoMA Misunderstands About Pablo Picasso and Faith Ringgold

October 18, 2019 - Frieze, Jack McGrath

Whether pairing the two inspires consternation or praise depends largely on how we conceive of the purpose of the Museum itself

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News: Budge up, great white males! MoMA goes global with an explosive $450m rehang, October 16, 2019 - The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins

Budge up, great white males! MoMA goes global with an explosive $450m rehang

October 16, 2019 - The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins

It has the world’s finest modern art collection. But now the revered museum is rebalancing its walls – massively boosting work by women and artists of colour

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News: The Exuberance of MOMA’s Expansion, October 14, 2019 - The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl

The Exuberance of MOMA’s Expansion

October 14, 2019 - The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl

The museum’s unparalleled collection spreads out in an enlarged space with updated stories to tell.

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MoMA Reboots With 'Modernism Plus'

October 10, 2019 - Holland Cotter

When the Museum of Modern Art reopens on Oct. 21 after a $450-million, 47,000-square-foot expansion, it will finally, if still cautiously, reveal itself to be a living, breathing 21st-century institution, rather than the monument to an obsolete history — white, male, and nationalist — that it has become over the years since its founding in 1929.

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News: New York's Iconic Museum of Modern Art Reveals Its $450 Million Makeover, October 10, 2019 - Architectural Digest, Nick Mafi

New York's Iconic Museum of Modern Art Reveals Its $450 Million Makeover

October 10, 2019 - Architectural Digest, Nick Mafi

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the renovated space includes an additional 165,000 square feet of gallery space, while making the artwork more accessible to the public.

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‘Mellencamp: Three Generations of Art’ coming to arts center

September 30, 2019

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour recently announced its October exhibit, “Mellencamp: Three Generations of Art,” featuring works from John, Marilyn and Speck Mellencamp.

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News: Speaking Terms: Faith Ringgold’s Decades-Long Artistic Legacy Finds Power in London, September  6, 2019 - ARTNews, Rianna Jade Parker

Speaking Terms: Faith Ringgold’s Decades-Long Artistic Legacy Finds Power in London

September 6, 2019 - ARTNews, Rianna Jade Parker

In 1990, Verso Press republished Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman—a now-notorious critique of the 1960s-era Black Power Movement by Michele Wallace, a feminist writer and also the daughter of artist Faith Ringgold—with a new introduction in which the author reflected on lessons learned in the years after her book’s original publication in 1978. “It is my conviction that the only way to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past is to openly discuss them,” Wallace wrote. “Whether in nations, families, or individuals, the practice of being on speaking terms with your past lives is the only thing that makes it possible to trust yourself or anyone else. … The thing that still remained to be worked out was my relationship to my family as a writer and as a woman.”

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News: Six Works From Glenstone Are Going on Display at the Reach, September  5, 2019 - Washingtonian, Nathan Diller

Six Works From Glenstone Are Going on Display at the Reach

September 5, 2019 - Washingtonian, Nathan Diller

From one great American institution to another, six works from Glenstone are taking a trip along the Potomac to be displayed at the Reach, the Kennedy Center’s new expansion, which opens to the public this weekend. Starting on September 7th, the works, ranging from aluminum paintings to mixed media on wood, will be on view alongside four other permanent pieces.

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News: A Portrait of Faith Ringgold Painted by Alice Neel is Jordan Casteel’s Favorite Artwork, August 27, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

A Portrait of Faith Ringgold Painted by Alice Neel is Jordan Casteel’s Favorite Artwork

August 27, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

WORKS BY MORE THAN 60 ARTISTS, including Faith Ringgold, are featured in “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” Nearly all the artists are black, except Virginia Jaramillo, Andy Warhol (1928-1987), and Alice Neel (1900-1984), who contributed a portrait of Ringgold to the landmark exhibition.

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News: The Hirshhorn Museum Asked Artists About Their Influences. Amy Sherald Chose Deborah Roberts, Jordan Casteel Selected Faith Ringgold, August 25, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

The Hirshhorn Museum Asked Artists About Their Influences. Amy Sherald Chose Deborah Roberts, Jordan Casteel Selected Faith Ringgold

August 25, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

FOR ITS FIFTH ANNUAL GALA in New York, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is paying tribute to 42 artists, an “intergenerational vanguard” including Jordan Casteel, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, Deborah Roberts, and David Hartt.

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Faith Ringgold’s Painted and Sewn Survey of United States History

August 5, 2019 - Hyperallergic, Naomi Polonsky

At London’s Serpentine Gallery, Faith Ringgold tells stories of race and self-discovery which have too often gone untold.

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News: Faith Ringgold’s Painted and Sewn Survey of United States History, August  5, 2019 - Hyperallergic, Naomi Polonsky

Faith Ringgold’s Painted and Sewn Survey of United States History

August 5, 2019 - Hyperallergic, Naomi Polonsky

At London’s Serpentine Gallery, Faith Ringgold tells stories of race and self-discovery which have too often gone untold.

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News: On View: At Serpentine Galleries in London, Faith Ringgold’s First Solo Exhibition at a European Institution, July 21, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

On View: At Serpentine Galleries in London, Faith Ringgold’s First Solo Exhibition at a European Institution

July 21, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

SERPENTINE GALLERIES is presenting a five-decade survey of pioneering American artist Faith Ringgold, 88. Throughout her career, Ringgold has worked at the intersection of art and politics. Exploring many bodies of work dating from 1963 to 2010, the show spans the civil rights and Black Power eras and continues a decade into the 21st century.

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News: Black Female Artists Are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout London This Summer, July 21, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

Black Female Artists Are Headlining Exhibitions Throughout London This Summer

July 21, 2019 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

MORE THAN A DOZEN EXHIBITIONS, most in and around London, are showcasing the work of black female artists this summer. Presented at museums, nonprofits, and commercial galleries, many of the shows are breaking new ground for the artists, who span generations. Faith Ringgold at Serpentine Galleries is making her European institutional solo debut and Deborah Roberts at Stephen Friedman Gallery is presenting her first-ever European solo exhibition.

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News: 88-Year-Old Artist Faith Ringgold:

88-Year-Old Artist Faith Ringgold: "There Is Power In Ageing"

July 8, 2019 - Vogue, Amel Mukhtar

“There is power in ageing,” Faith Ringgold declares. We are talking about her forthcoming project, Ageing-aling-aling, but, coming after a wealth of stories, narrated in the slinky Chucs café next to her first European retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery, the statement feels a little redundant. At 88, and as engaged as ever, the multidisciplinary artist has witnessed numerous landmark social shifts - and all the more extraordinarily, been at the centre of many.

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Faith Ringgold: The artist who captured the soul of the US

July 3, 2019 - BBC, Arwa Haider

As a new exhibition of art by Faith Ringgold opens in London, the 88-year-old talks to Arwa Haider about her early life and how she created subversive works with postage stamps and story quilts.

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News: Luchita Hurtado / Faith Ringgold review: Veterans of vivid art show off their true colours, June 11, 2019 - Evening Standard, Ben Luke

Luchita Hurtado / Faith Ringgold review: Veterans of vivid art show off their true colours

June 11, 2019 - Evening Standard, Ben Luke

These shows are surveys of long lives — the combined age of Hurtado and Ringgold is 186. Neither has had a UK solo show before.

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News: ‘Everything She Takes Becomes Hers’: A Look Back at Faith Ringgold’s ‘Compelling, Singular Vision’, June  7, 2019 - ArtNews

‘Everything She Takes Becomes Hers’: A Look Back at Faith Ringgold’s ‘Compelling, Singular Vision’

June 7, 2019 - ArtNews

During the 1960s and ’70s, Faith Ringgold was at the center of a community of black female artists dealing in their work with issues related to race, gender, and their intersections. While her “story quilts”—woven pieces that reveal aspects of her autobiography—are well-known, her paintings and sculptural works have only recently received mainstream recognition. With a retrospective of the artist’s work now on view at the Serpentine Gallery in London, we went through our archives and pulled out excerpts from interviews with Ringgold and reviews of her work, including musings on her first-ever solo exhibition, at Spectrum Gallery in New York. American People Series #20: Die (1967), the 12-foot-long painting mentioned in that review, was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York—a sign of Ringgold’s rising star. —Alex Greenberger

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News: Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend, June  7, 2019 - The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris and Gabriella Angeleti

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

June 7, 2019 - The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris and Gabriella Angeleti

From Michael Rakowitz’s recreations of bombed artefacts at the Whitechapel Gallery, to Faith Ringgold’s story quilts at the Serpentine Gallery

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News: Iconic American Artist Faith Ringgold Lands in London With a Powerful Show at the Serpentine, June  6, 2019 - Newsweek, Paula Froelich

Iconic American Artist Faith Ringgold Lands in London With a Powerful Show at the Serpentine

June 6, 2019 - Newsweek, Paula Froelich

The iconic American artist Faith Ringgold takes London by storm in a powerful new show at the Serpentine Gallery.

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London Celebrates Artist Faith Ringgold’s Black Power

June 5, 2019 - WWD, Natalie Theodosi

Ringgold is the subject of the Serpentine Galleries' summer exhibition and to coincide with the opening, Matchesfashion.com has also dedicated a room at 5 Carlos Place to celebrate her work.

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News: FAITH RINGGOLD TAKES ON THE SERPENTINE GALLERIES AND TRUMP, May 16, 2019 - Cultured, Diana McClure

FAITH RINGGOLD TAKES ON THE SERPENTINE GALLERIES AND TRUMP

May 16, 2019 - Cultured, Diana McClure

With its potent depictions of racial violence and African American empowerment now more palatable to the mainstream, the explicit political content in Faith Ringgold’s early work is increasingly de rigueur.

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News: The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold’s Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries, March 10, 2019 - Victoria L. Valentine

The Armory Show: A Mini Survey of Faith Ringgold’s Legendary Practice is on Display at ACA Galleries

March 10, 2019 - Victoria L. Valentine

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.

 

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Highlights from the Armory Show 2019

March 7, 2019 - Architectural Digest, Katherine McGrath

A selection of booths and works from this year's fair that caught AD's eye

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The Most Influential Living African American Artists

February 25, 2019 - Artsy

In 1926, the historian Carter G. Woodson instituted Negro History Week. The second-ever African American recipient of a Ph.D. from Harvard (after W.E.B. DuBois), Woodson wanted to acknowledge the vibrant cultural achievements of African American individuals that were rippling through the country. At the time, Harlem was brimming with poets such as Langston Hughes and Claude McKay, while Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller were developing Chicago’s jazz scene. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially transformed Woodson’s initiative into the month-long celebration we honor to this day: Black History Month.

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News: Alife & Brooklyn Museum Honor Artist Faith Ringgold with Black History Month Collab, February  6, 2019 - Hypebeast, Keith Estiler

Alife & Brooklyn Museum Honor Artist Faith Ringgold with Black History Month Collab

February 6, 2019 - Hypebeast, Keith Estiler

A capsule collection spotlighting Ringgold’s iconic ‘The United States of Attica’ artwork.

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News: The Fantastic Life of Faith Ringgold, January  1, 2019 - Hyperallergic, Ken Tan

The Fantastic Life of Faith Ringgold

January 1, 2019 - Hyperallergic, Ken Tan

An impressive synthesis of influences, along with an obdurate resistance to being told what she can or cannot do, forms the bedrock of Ringgold’s art.

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News: What AbEx Women Can Teach Us about Today’s Gold Rush for Female Artists, November  6, 2018 - Artsy, Mary Gabriel

What AbEx Women Can Teach Us about Today’s Gold Rush for Female Artists

November 6, 2018 - Artsy, Mary Gabriel

In socioeconomic terms, the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York can be divided into two eras: the first featuring obscurity and poverty, and the second, fortune and fame. But there was very little by way of a transitional bridge between those two periods, which made the arrival of a flood of cash and notoriety in the mid-1950s oddly destabilizing for the artists working in New York. As their colleague, the writer Harold Rosenberg, said, “They lost their minds.…It was the money. Just like schmucks in Hollywood. This hit them much too strong and much too organized.”

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News: The Civil-Rights Activist Who Pushed Museums to Feature Black Artists, September 28, 2018 - The Cut, Jenna Adrian-Diaz

The Civil-Rights Activist Who Pushed Museums to Feature Black Artists

September 28, 2018 - The Cut, Jenna Adrian-Diaz

More than 300 people gathered at the Brooklyn Museum last night to listen to 87-year-old Faith Ringgold speak about her extraordinary career and activism, which included fighting for major New York City museums to feature work by black artists in the 1960s. Two of her artworks appear in the Brooklyn Museum’s recently opened retrospective, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which features black artists who explored themes of race, identity, and activism from the years 1963 to 1983.

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News: For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol, July  4, 2018 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

For Faith Ringgold, the American Flag Has Always Been a Potent and Powerful Symbol

July 4, 2018 - Culture Type, Victoria L. Valentine

THE AMERICAN FLAG, its design and all that it symbolizes, is the basis for some of the most politically potent and astute work Faith Ringgold has made over past half century.

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News: 50 Years of Celebrating Black Beauty and Culture: Faith Ringgold, April 19, 2018 - Frieze, Osei Bonsu

50 Years of Celebrating Black Beauty and Culture: Faith Ringgold

April 19, 2018 - Frieze, Osei Bonsu

With her first UK show at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, the Harlem-born artist reflects on the African American experience

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News: Due West Opens in the West Village, January 10, 2018 - WWD, Kristen Tauer

Due West Opens in the West Village

January 10, 2018 - WWD, Kristen Tauer

The bar will feature a rotating selection of art in collaboration with ACA Galleries.

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News: An Exhibition About Revolution that Keeps Faith with Ringgold, September 15, 2017 - Hyperallergic, Ramsay Kolber

An Exhibition About Revolution that Keeps Faith with Ringgold

September 15, 2017 - Hyperallergic, Ramsay Kolber

It is a great irony that the Faith Ringgold’s first public commission was effectively imprisoned for over 40 years, but this situation raises valuable questions regarding our notions of the public and how that public is served.

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News: ‘Freedom of Speech Is Absolutely Imperative’: Faith Ringgold on Her Early Art, Activism at the Museum of Modern Art, December  8, 2016 - ARTNews, Andrew Russeth

‘Freedom of Speech Is Absolutely Imperative’: Faith Ringgold on Her Early Art, Activism at the Museum of Modern Art

December 8, 2016 - ARTNews, Andrew Russeth

Earlier this year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired one of Faith Ringgold’s landmark early paintings, American People Series #20: Die (1967), a potent 12-foot-long scene of a riot that shows black and white men and women running, crying, and falling to the ground, their faces gripped by horror. Two terrified children hold each other amid the mayhem. Blood is everywhere.

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News: The Enduring Power of Faith Ringgold’s Art, August  4, 2016 - Artsy

The Enduring Power of Faith Ringgold’s Art

August 4, 2016 - Artsy

In 1967, a year of widespread race riots in America, Faith Ringgold painted a 12-foot-long canvas called American People Series #20: Die. The work shows a tumult of figures, both black and white, wielding weapons and spattered with blood. It was a watershed year for Ringgold, who, after struggling for a decade against the marginalization she faced as a black female artist, unveiled the monumental piece in her first solo exhibition at New York’s Spectrum Gallery. Earlier this year, several months after Ringgold turned 85, the painting was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, cementing her legacy as a pioneering artist and activist whose work remains searingly relevant.

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News: The Storyteller: At 85, Her Star Still Rising, Faith Ringgold Looks Back on Her Life in Art, Activism, and Education, March  1, 2016 - ARTNews, Andrew Russeth

The Storyteller: At 85, Her Star Still Rising, Faith Ringgold Looks Back on Her Life in Art, Activism, and Education

March 1, 2016 - ARTNews, Andrew Russeth

In 1963, Faith Ringgold was 32, the mother of two daughters, and on the hunt for a gallery to show her work. To say that it was difficult for black artists to find gallery representation at that time would be a gross understatement. Nevertheless, as Ringgold tells it in her memoirs, We Flew over the Bridge (1995), she was unrelenting in her search, and one day she had a meeting with Ruth White, who ran a gallery in Manhattan on 57th Street.

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News: Painter Doug Safranek’s Personal History with Eggs and an Ancient Medium, February  5, 2016 - Artsy

Painter Doug Safranek’s Personal History with Eggs and an Ancient Medium

February 5, 2016 - Artsy

Without realizing it, Doug Safranek got pulled into the very long history of the medium of egg tempera when he decided to become a painter. In 1980, Safranek started in the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which remained, at that time, devoted in part to a curriculum of classical techniques.

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News: The Surprising Vision of Artist Faith Ringgold, December 26, 2013 - NPR, Celeste Headlee

The Surprising Vision of Artist Faith Ringgold

December 26, 2013 - NPR, Celeste Headlee

Legendary artist Faith Ringgold began her career in 1963 — the same year as the March on Washington. She talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her life, work and why no one originally wanted to hear her story.

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News: Faith Ringgold’s ‘American People, Black Light’, June 13, 2013 - The Washington Post, Lonnae O'Neal Parker

Faith Ringgold’s ‘American People, Black Light’

June 13, 2013 - The Washington Post, Lonnae O'Neal Parker

Fifty years after the racial upheaval of the 1960s, Americans often like to say they don’t see color. They pretend not to see it even when it’s right in front of their faces, says artist Faith Ringgold. It’s a worldview she finds delusional, counterintuitive and impossible for artists like herself who traffic in color and shades of meaning.

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News: ART REVIEW; Life's Abundance, Captured in a Collage, October 15, 2004 - The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman

ART REVIEW; Life's Abundance, Captured in a Collage

October 15, 2004 - The New York Times, Michael Kimmelman

IN July 1963, a month before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, Romare Bearden met with a group of other black artists in his studio on Canal Street to talk about what they should do for civil rights. "Western society, and particularly that of America, is gravely ill, and a major symptom is the American treatment of the Negro," Bearden said. "The artistic expression of this culture concentrates on themes of 'absurdity' and 'anti-art,' which provide further evidence of its ill-health."

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