The South Enta Montauk Foundation opens an exhibition of recent work by Faith Ringgold

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The South Enta Montauk Foundation opens an exhibition of recent work by Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold, Groovin' High, 1996. Silkscreen; 32 1/2 x 44 in (82.5 x 111.8 cm). Edition 138 of 425. © 2022 Faith Ringgold/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the artist, ACA Galleries, New York, and the South Etna Montauk Foundation, Montauk.

MONTAUK, NY.- The South Enta Montauk Foundation is presenting Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories, an exhibition of recent work by one of the United States’ most important living artists. Featuring five of her signature Story Quilts, the presentation incorporates over twenty drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints from Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories” series, which she began in 2004. Ringgold’s renown stems in part from the wide range of media she incorporates into her practice, and this exhibition charts Ringgold’s connection to jazz accros numerous techniques. For this exhibition, the South Etna Montauk Foundation has worked closely with ACA Galleries, which has long represented and championed Ringgold’s work. Organized to complement “Faith Ringgold: American People,” her major retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories” is on view from May 24th through June 25, 2022.

Storytelling is at the center of Faith Ringgold’s practice, and for more than fifty years, she’s made art that documents the American narrative. In works both searing and disarmingly beautiful, Ringgold has explored segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, Black pride, and the politics of skin color, assembling a richly textured history of the United States. Prefiguring a contemporary interest in works that address personal identity, Ringgold’s practice has long centered the importance of her lived experience, sharing how it felt to be a black woman in the 1960s and the decades hence. Describing the trajectory of her work, Nancy Spector has said: “Ringgold’s paintings from the 60s and 70s are overtly political, and present an angry, critical reappraisal of the American dream glimpsed through the filter of race and gender relations. Ringgold’s more recent aesthetic strategy is not one of political agitation or blatant visual provocation. Instead, she has come to embrace the potential for social change by undermining racial and gender stereotypes through impassioned and optimistic presentations of black female heroines.” The Story Quilts, which Ringgold began making in the 1980s, illustrate this optimistic approach and increasingly feature images of the joy to be found in family, community, jazz, and music.

The works in Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories focus on music, a subject close to Ringgold’s heart, and provide an extraordinary opportunity to consider Ringgold’s relationship to jazz. As a child in 1930s Harlem, many of her neighbors were renowned musicians. As Ringgold recently told The New Yorker, “I have spent a lifetime listening to the great music of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and others. Many of these musicians also lived in Harlem, so, even though they were stars, they were also neighbors.” But the figures that populate the paintings, drawings, and prints in Jazz Stories remain anonymous. Ringgold’s crooners, trumpeters, dancers, and drummers might be anyone; without a real-life analog, these works draw attention to the act of making music. Ringgold further emphasizes the musicians themselves by situating them within fields of wiggling shapes and primary colors, animating the movement of their music. Jazz fills the entirety of each piece, removing the distraction of a specific time or place, and these jubilant works ensure that viewers feel their music without hearing anote. As Ringgold herself has said of Jazz Stories, “I could easily spend the rest of my life singing my song in pictures.”

Jazz Stories features works that, with one exception, date to a period between 2001 and 2004 when Ringgold was in her seventies. Works from this time are notable for how they offer an opportunity to consider Ringgold’s understanding of her own evolution. Reflecting upon a lifetime of interactions with jazz and musicians, Ringgold approached Jazz Stories as a lens through which to review experiences from her. As she describes it, her work serves as an historical record, tracking how certain parts of the American experience have changed over the course of her life, and how others have remained the same. Ringgold’s work has been celebrated for its focus on social justice and the lived realities of social oppression, but Jazz Stories provides a platform for the exploration of Black joy. Ringgold has been a trailblazer throughout her career, often among the first to address difficult subject matter head on, thereby creating space for Black artists in predominantly white institutions. And these works are no different: they weave moments of joy with songs of deep sorrow, engaging both the levity and weight that jazz can express.

The art world is abuzz with word of Ringgold’s profound talent, giving her the credit she has long deserved. The New Museum’s recent and critically acclaimed retrospective spanned three floors of their building; a recent cover of The New Yorker featured one of her Story Quilts, Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #1: Somebody Stole My Broken Heart, along with an intervie; and late last year, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., acquired her large-scale painting The American People Series #18: The Flag is Bleeding (1967). Her reach as an artist, activist, educator, and children’s book author knows now in October of 2021, the National Gallery of Art acquired her large-scale painting The American People Series #18: The Flag is Bleeding (1967). Her reach as an educator, activist, children’s book author, and artist knows no bounds, and influence continues to grow.

Faith Ringgold, born 1930 in Harlem, New York, is a painter, sculptor, teacher, activist and author of numerous award winning children’s books. Ringgold received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Faith Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. She is the recipient of more than 80 awards and honors including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; two National Endowment for the Arts Awards; The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Medal of Honor for Fine Arts from the National Arts Club. In 2017 Faith Ringgold was elected as a member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ringgold’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States and abroad including The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; The Boston Museum of Fine Art, MA; The High Museum, GA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The Studio Museum, NY; Glenstone Museum, MD; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, among others. Faith Ringgold has been represented worldwide by ACA Galleries since 1995.

Today's News

May 29, 2022

An Irish national treasure gets set for a long-needed restoration

Mnuchin Gallery opens its first exhibition dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg

"Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene" on view at the Guggenheim

First retrospective exhibition of Etel Adnan alongside works by Vincent van Gogh

'Triangle of Sadness' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Hirshhorn's Sam Gilliam exhibition spotlights his decades-long investigation into abstraction

20th/ 21st Century Art Sale series achieved a combined total of $231,529,651 at Christie's Asia

'Pistol' tells Steve Jones' story. With a touch of showbiz.

Modern Art Oxford opens the first public solo exhibition in Europe of Ruth Asawa's work

Christie's to offer two Andy Warhol screenprints of Queen Elizabeth II

Phillips' ULTRA/NEO series spotlights a diverse range of ultra-contemporary international talent

Nohra Haime Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Julie Hedrick

Exhibition features Christine Howard Sandoval's architectural drawings, sculptures and experimental film

Morton L. Janklow, agent for best-selling authors, dies at 91

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens the most comprehensive survey of Nick Cave's work to date

Artpace San Antonio announces Summer 2022 International Artists-in-Residence

John Moran Auctioneers announces its California Living post-sale results

Creative Growth exhibition opens at Kohler Arts Center

Christie's presents Tiffany Masterworks from the Garden Museum: A Private Collection

Exhibition at ADA Rome investigates the concept of appearance as an aspect of reality

Brian Gross Fine Art opens 'Willem de Looper: Stain Paintings 1968-1969'

The South Enta Montauk Foundation opens an exhibition of recent work by Faith Ringgold

A starry 'Into the Woods' will play Broadway this summer

Nathalie Obadia opens an exhibition of works by Guillaume Leblon

Elbrus Climbing Routes

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit
Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful