Faith Ringgold Will Keep Fighting Back

By Bob Morris
Faith Ringgold at her dining table in Englewood, N.J., surrounded by her work “California Dah #3, 1983,” envisioning what her mother experienced when she died. “I always have to feel something to paint it,” Ms. Ringgold says. The doll is Cassie, from her children’s book, “Tar Beach.” Meron Tekie Menghistab for The New York Times
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Faith Ringgold has seen plenty of shake-ups and strange moments in her 89 well-traveled years. But the provocative Harlem-born artist — who has confronted race relations in this country from every angle, led protests to diversify museums decades ago, and even went to jail for an exhibition she organized — has had no reference point for the pandemic keeping her in lockdown and creatively paralyzed in her home in this leafy suburb for much of the spring. “I’m just keeping my eyes wide open so I can find a point of view on all this,” she said with a sigh. “I’ve been waiting for the inspiration that can help me inspire others.” [More]

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