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London

FAITH RINGGOLD

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens

Curated by Melissa Blanchflower

In the decade following the revelatory exhibition of Faith Ringgold’s paintings from the 1960s at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York, the artist, activist, author, and educator began, finally, to receive the sort of attention she richly deserved. For one, her American People Series #20: Die, 1967, an unflinching portrait of race relations through the lens of history painting, was acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where it has largely remained on display since joining that storied collection. Ringgold’s solo show at the Serpentine promises to be expansive, presenting forty works drawn from fifty years of her artistic practice, including her iconic paintings, masks, story quilts, and political posters.