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Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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Faith Ringgold and Her Pop Art-Style Political Posters

Art and politics can be a mixed bag. Art with political messages can be truly powerful and may inspire change. And it can be derided as mere propaganda. I’m inclined to agree with George Orwell’s famous quotation “all art is propaganda.” It’s just a matter of how overt the political message is (and absence of political ideas is also a political choice).read more.

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Lesley Dill on the Wilderness of the American Soul

Brooklyn artist Lesley Dill was intrigued by the experiences of early settlers who attempted to traverse and put down roots in the American wilderness. As she began researching, she uncovered dramatic stories of European immigrants who, she explains, “were afraid of the wilderness out there surrounding them and the wilderness inside them.” read more.

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 “Picasso-ble” Takeaways: “Pablo-Matic” at the Brooklyn Museum

This summer, The Brooklyn Museum opened an exhibition “sort of” about Picasso. Backlash, and “backlash to the backlash” commenced in its opening week. This rash of immediate criticism is what inspired me to visit “It’s Pablo-Matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby.” The curatorial team included Hannah, the stand-up comedian whose Peabody-winning 2018 special Nanette broke the comedy mold with a lengthy discussion of western art history (slides included). read more.

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As Black History Month Begins, Faith Ringgold Has Finally “Arrived”

Faith Ringgold is an American artist whose work transcends generations with timely and timeless pieces that speak volumes on the Black identity in the United States that still resonates with young and old audiences. But it was only last year — in 2022 — that she finally received the exposure she had long deserved.read more.

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Top 10 SWAN Books of 2022 to Give &/or to Get

Women authors and artists have published some of this year’s most buzzed-about titles. From brand-new releases by longtime writers to much-anticipated debuts from exciting new voices, 2022 has been a banner year for books written by women, for women. 

In this specially curated top 10 list, you’ll find reads that span a variety of interests and experiences—from painting to sculpting, dance to applied arts, and narrative to photography.read more.

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