Monday, March 29, 2010

Tar Beach

Faith Ringgold (American, b. 1934)
Tar Beach (Part I from the Woman on a Bridge series), 1988. Acrylic on canvas, bordered with printed, painted, quilted, and pieced cloth, 74 5/8 x 68 1/2 inches (189.5 x 174 cm).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Gus and Judith Lieber 88.3620

Once again I am going to try to get myself back into the habit of paying attention to my blog. I am thinking about moving to wordpress (so much more capability) though, so you may soon find Art of the Day in a new location.

Faith Ringgold creates story quilts, "a traditional American craft associated with women’s communal work that also has roots in African culture". Her focus is on narrative and not on what be called aesthetic perfection. Her work has a folk-art quality that brings color, design and story to the viewer's eye.

Tar Beach 'depicts the fantasies of its spirited heroine and narrator Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who, on a summer night in Harlem, flies over the George Washington Bridge. “Sleeping on Tar Beach was magical . . .” explains Cassie in the text on the quilt, “only eight years old and in the third grade and I can fly. That means I am free to go wherever I want to for the rest of my life.”' --Nancy Spector, Guggenheim

Ringgold also writes and illustrates children's books.

1 comment:

bunny mazhari said...

excellent blog! The quilts are very moving. So little value is places on what is seen as women's crafts such as quilting, knitting etc and that is a shame. Women who had no access to paint and canvass expressed themselves in more traditional ways that can tell us so much!