FAITH RINGGOLD, (1930 - )
Somebody Stole My Broken Heart, c. 2004
Acrylic and pen and ink on wove paper
610x457 mm; 24x18 inches
With this work on paper, Faith Ringgold depicts the first panel of her 2004 Jazz Stories: Mama can Sing, Papa can Blow series of story quilts. The quilt series was the subject of a solo exhibition at ACA Galleries, New York in January 2005. She also made two versions in color screenprint in 2004 and 2007. More on This painting
Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is an artist, best known for her narrative quilts. Ringgold took the traditional craft of quilt making (which has its roots in the slave culture of the south - pre-civil war era) and re-interpreted its function to tell stories of her life and those of others in the black community. One of her most famous story quilts is Tar Beach, which depicts a family gathered on their rooftop on a hot summer night.
As a social activist, she has used art to start and grow such organizations as Where We At that support African American women artists. Her foundation Anyone Can Fly, is devoted to expanding the art canon to include artists of the African diaspora and to introduce the African American masters to children and adult audiences. More on Faith Ringgold
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