Alongside reproductions of key works made between 1967 and 1981, Faith Ringgold: Politics / Power provides an overview of Ringgold’s seminal artistic and activist work and its historical context during these years, including accounts by the artist herself.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Ringgold, a dedicated and impassioned civil rights advocate, established her voice as a feminist and within the Black Arts Movement. Her influential work was imbued with her in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary art, as well as with her activism. Spanning mediums such as painting, cut-paper works, posters, collage, and textile art, the works presented in this publication foreground the artist’s explicitly political pieces, for which she deployed new material and formal processes and developed a radical aesthetics and vocabulary. Organized chronologically, the book allows readers to retrace the artist’s foundational creative approaches to contemporaneous social, political, and artistic questions. It includes illustrations of individual artworks, together with previously unpublished work and archival materials.