Faith Ringgold, a committed African-American artist, is honored at the Picasso Museum in Paris.
An emblematic figure of committed and feminist art
Since the struggles for civil rights in the 1960s, it has finally received recognition from the institutions of the artistic world. At over 90 years old, the African-American artist Faith Ringgold, an emblematic figure of committed and feminist art, arrives in Paris. A year after a first major retrospective in New York, Faith Ringgold’s birthplace in 1930, the Picasso Museum is hosting her major works in Paris. An exhibition not to be missed, the first in France.
Her “Demoiselles d’Avignon”
A major figure in committed and feminist American art, from the struggles for civil rights to those of the Black Lives Matter, author of very famous works of children’s literature, Faith Ringgold has developed a work that links the rich heritage of Harlem Renaissance to the current art of young black American artists. As early as 1970, Faith Ringgold produced her first purely typographical political posters combining the colors of the Pan-African flag and Black Power (red, green and black) as well as feminism (purple). These posters are mediums for expressing the struggle for the defense of civil rights or the release of political prisoners. Challenging the patriotic authoritarianism of the Nixon government, she organized the exhibition The People’s Flag Show the same year, bringing together a hundred artists. She leads, through her re-readings of the history of modern art, a real plastic and critical dialogue with the Parisian artistic scene of the early 20th century, in particular with Picasso and her “Demoiselles d’Avignon”. This exhibition is the first to bring together, in France, a set of major works by Faith Ringgold. It extends the retrospective dedicated to her by the New Museum at the beginning of 2022 and is organized in collaboration with this New York institution.