Faith Ringgold Makes 100 Time, Influential Artist Has ‘Painted, Sculpted, Written, Sewn and Instigated Change All Her Life’

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THE TIME 100 LIST of the most influential people of 2022 was announced today and Faith Ringgold, 91, was among the honored artists. The news magazine called on Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem to pay homage at Ringgold.

Golden began his text with a brief assessment of the artist’s practice and contributions. “Renaissance woman born in Harlem during her own Renaissance, Faith Ringgold painted, sculpted, wrote, sewed and spurred change all her life,” she writes. “Her fundamental reinvention of story-based art, particularly her panoptic elevation of the American craft tradition, has firmly established her as one of the great artists of our time.”

“Renaissance woman born in Harlem during her own Renaissance, Faith Ringgold painted, sculpted, wrote, sewed and spurred change throughout her life.” — Studio Museum in Halem Director Thelma Golden


Faith Ringgold. | © 2022 Faith Ringgold, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York

The Time 100 recognizes outstanding personalities in several categories, artists, in addition to innovators, titans, leaders, icons and pioneers. Time editors compile the list. Edward Felsenthal, CEO and Editor of Time wrote about how they determine their choices in a introduction to the function. They consider “[W]We have a barometer: influence. Who shaped the year? Who stood up? Who stood out?” he said. “…Our hope is that the TIME100 list is not just an acknowledgment of influence, but a study of how influence can be wielded.”

Among Innovators, 2022 Pritzker Prize Winner Francis Kere also makes the annual list. Born in Burkina Faso, he is the first African to receive the prestigious architecture prize. In his Time tribute to Kéré, fellow architect David Adjaye said: “He is a pioneer for his longstanding commitment to formalizing space for social and environmental good, and in that sense his legacy not only lives on in his built work but also in his general practice and his methodological spirit.

poet and teacher Elizabeth Alexander is president of the Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of arts and education in the United States. According to Time, she is also a titan. Under his tenure, Mellon provided groundbreaking support to numerous organizations, programs, and initiatives, including diversifying museum boards, reinventing public landmarks, LatinX artists, library services for the incarcerated, and acquiring Johnson Publishing’s Ebony and Jet Photo Archive. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage wrote Tribute to the time of Alexander.

“We have a barometer: influence. Who shaped the year? Who stood up? Who stood out?” — Time CEO and Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal

RINGGOLD IS THE ONLY VISUAL ARTIST represented on the Powerful List and the oldest person in the 100 group. catch up”. After the Studio Museum presented “Faith Ringgold: Twenty Years of Painting, Sculpture, and Performance 1963–1983” in 1984, many years passed before wider attention emerged.

Since 1995, Ringgold has been represented by ACA Galleries in New York. In 2016, the Museum of Modern Art acquired and exhibited “American People Series #20: Die” (1967), a monumental painting informed by the race riots that broke out in major American cities across the country during its production.

In 2019, the Serpentine Galleries in London organized “Faith Ringgold,” first institutional exhibition of the artist in Europe. The traveling exhibit was also shown at Bildmuseet at Umeå University in Sweden (2020-21) and Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland (2021).

In March, a painted quilt from Ringgold’s 2004 Jazz Stories series graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine’s Spring Style & Design issue. The American Folk Art Museum in New York paid tribute to the artist at its 60th anniversary gala in April.

“Faith Ringgold: American People”, currently on display at the New Museum is described as the most comprehensive assessment of the artist to date and marks the first time that a mainstream art museum in his hometown has launched a major exploration of his work. The exhibition travels to de Young Museum in San Francisco in July, where it will be Ringgold’s first west coast retrospective. CT

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FAITH RINGGOLD, “The American People Series #18: The Flag is Bleeding”, 1967 (oil on canvas, 182.88 x 243.84 cm / 72 x 96 inches). | © Faith Ringgold. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Gift of the Glenstone Foundation and Patrons’ Permanent Fund, 2021.28.1


FAITH RINGGOLD, “The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles: The French Collection, Part I, #4”, 1991 (acrylic on canvas, printed and piece-dyed fabric, and ink, 74 x 80 inches / 188 x 203.2 cm) . Oprah Winfrey collection. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022


FAITH RINGGOLD, “American People Series #19: US Postage Stamp Commemorating the Advent of Black Power”, 1967 (oil on canvas, 72 x 96 inches / 182.9 x 243.8 cm). | Courtesy of the artist and ACA Galleries, New York. © 2022 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York


FAITH RINGGOLD, “All Power to the People,” 1970 (cut and pasted colored paper, pencil and printing press on paper, 30 × 20 inches / 76.2 × 50.8 cm). | Private collection. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022


FAITH RINGGOLD, “Black Light Series #12: Party Time”, 1969 (oil on canvas, 59 3/4 × 84 inches / 151.8 × 213.4 cm). | Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022. © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2022

BOOKSHELF
Published on the occasion of the New Museum exhibition, “Faith Ringgold: American People” examines the entire career of Faith Ringgold. With textual contributions from an impressive list of artists, curators and writers, including Diedrick Brackens, LeRonn Brooks, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jordan Casteel, Bridget Cooks, Mark Godfrey, Lucy Lippard, Tschabalala Self, Michele Wallace and Zoe Whitley, the new volume is being promoted as “the largest scholarship collection” on Ringgold to date. Also recently published, “Faith Ringgold: Politics/Power” presents his most powerful and profound political works and “Ringgold Faith” is published to document the investigative exhibit at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. The volume is an updated and expanded version of the catalog published in 2020 to accompany the presentation of the show at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has released a new children’s book: “The Met Faith Ringgold: Telling the World in Pattern and Color (What the Artist Saw).” Also consider, “Faith Ringgold: Twenty Years of Painting, Sculpture and Performance”, the catalog that accompanied the Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition in 1984.

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