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Faith Ringgold, American People Series #9: The American Dream, 1964, oil on canvas, 36 x 24".

Faith Ringgold

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Faith Ringgold, American People Series #9: The American Dream, 1964, oil on canvas, 36 x 24".

Faith Ringgold’s paintings from the 1960s stand alone and they have for some time. Long excluded from art-historical narratives, the canvases are frank and unforgiving in what they depict (racial conflicts, gender troubles), but they also have a rather curious way of being so. Ringgold constructs her pointed subject matter via anomalous means, deploying odd but successful color choices, imbuing figurative compositions with bold geometry, and implementing a wending of Matissian line. This body of work—which was culled by Dorian Bergen from the 2010 survey organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, before it is reconstituted this summer in Washington, DC, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, from June 21 through November 10—is paired with Ringgold’s more recent and better-known quilt pieces. These stem from the artist’s identification as a feminist

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