Painted Story Quilts, Paintings, Sculpture
New York City
Enjoying fame both as an American folk artist and contemporary African-American artist, Faith Ringgold birthed a revolutionary artistic medium with her story quilts. Inspired by traditional Buddhist thanykas, her quilts chronicled the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement (which she saw firsthand) and the experiences of contemporary African-Americans, including her own.
Faith Ringgold earned her place as a key figure in the Feminist art movement in the 1970s. Today, her work finds permanent homes at the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.
Faith Ringgold began her career as both a painter and sculptor, but her frustration at being unable to find a publisher for her autobiography made her turn to quilting to share her experiences. These story quilts were crafted by utilizing unstretched canvas and embedding mixed media that complemented the quilt’s subject. As her success with this medium grew, so did the size of Faith Ringgold’s works. In the 1980s, she began her career as a children’s author, utilizing the same themes found in her quilts, such as emerging from stereotypes, battling racism and sharing her personal stories of childhood.
Le Café des Artistes, acrylic on canvas with fabric borders, 1994 (Private Collection). http://www.danforthmuseum.org/faith_ringgold_quilt.html
Anyone Can Fly, All You Gotta Do Is Try, acrylic on paper, 2007(ACA Galleries, New York, NY) http://www.acagalleries.com/artists/r/faith-ringgold/
Bitter Nest #3-Lovers in Paris, story quilt, 1988 (ACA Galleries, New York, NY) http://www.acagalleries.com/artists/r/faith-ringgold/
Die, acrylic on canvas, 1967 (ACA Galleries, New York, NY) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/nyregion/17artwe.html?_r=0
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. “Faith Ringgold.” 2002. http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artists/bios/791
Ringgold, Faith. “May I Introduce Myself?” 2012. http://www.faithringgold.com/ringgold/bio.htm
National Women’s History Project. “Faith Ringgold.” 2008. http://www.nwhp.org/whm/ringold_bio.php