In our Fall '09 edition, On The Issues Magazine writers and artists address
the politics of feminism, race and a new progressive movement.

In this edition of On the Issues Magazine on race, feminism and a new progressive movement, The Art Perspective features the work of Faith Ringgold, an artist with a vast and impressive body of work. Ringgold, born in 1930 in Harlem, began her artistic career in the early 1960s as a painter. She is widely recognized for her painted story quilts – art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling.

In 1970, Ringgold had her first solo exhibit at Spectrum Gallery. In 1972, she used all-female imagery for the first time in For the Women’s House, an installation at the Women’s House of Detention on Riker’s Island, and later that year she put political posters and feminist papers in Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and participated in the First American Women Artists Show in Hamburg, Germany. At the Women’s Interarts Center in New York, she curated 11 in New York, a black women’s show, in 1975, and in 1976, was co-director of the Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts.

In 1995, Ringgold was commissioned to create a poster, Women’s Work Counts for the 75th Anniversary of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, commemorated at the White House. In 2000, she began a conceptual study, Racial Questions and Answers with an online survey of race and color in the United States.

Over the years, Ringgold has received more than 75 awards and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting and two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (for painting and sculpture). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major museums, and she has exhibited in many museums in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She is currently represented by the ACA Galleries in New York

Ringgold is also recognized for her illustrated storybooks. Her use of story in her work began in 1980 when no publisher would accept her autobiography. Her first children’s book, Tar Beach, was published in 1991 and received a Caldecott Honor and The Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. Ringgold has now illustrated 14 children's books, writing 11 of them, and her autobiography, We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold was published in 1995. The Faith Ringgold Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling is scheduled to open in Harlem in 2010-2011.

The Art Perspective presents Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings. The story is about being free of color prejudice, and Ringgold says that to eliminate this prejudice "is one of the most difficult things to achieve in our world today."

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Also visit our catalog of Art Perspectives featuring:

Ursula O’Farrell is a California-based artist whose oil paintings explore themes of womanhood. Her work offers expressions of the feminine in large-scale paintings known for their bold colors, gestural strokes, thick textures and highly-charged emotional content.

The Guerrilla Girls is a group of artists – not always the same -- who work together. They are feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman, but their "cover" is the mask of a gorilla -- itself a play on the word "guerrilla" as a radical, underground fighter and street theater performance style. Each participant takes the name of a dead artist.

For years, Frances Jetter has made linocuts with political subject matter, focusing on disarmament, labor rights and human rights, about which she is passionate. Weapons seem especially horrific and intriguing to her. The artist believes that no armor can make people safe, and the fragility and mortality of human beings is at the center or her work.

Mary Miss, who has founded the City as Living Lab, which provides a framework for making issues of social and environmental sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

Judy Chicago (born 1939) is a feminist artist, educator and author whose career spans almost half a century. She is known as one of the founders of the Feminist Art Movement, creating in the early 1970s the pioneering Feminist Art Program at Fresno State College (now California State University), which became a vehicle for intellectual stimulation and social change, influencing generations of women.

The art of Regina Frank incorporates textiles, computers, the Internet, solar and LED technology to investigate fields of tension, such as those between the rich and poor, virtual and real, analog and digital, masculine and feminine.

Michelle Stuart seeks to educate with her art. She is in search of a visual language to express nature’s more elusive aspects, along with the fragility of existence. Over her 50-year career, Stuart has drawn upon aspects from the natural world -- cycles, forms, colors -- while studying myriad cultures and histories. View our mini-retrospective in the Spring 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

In keeping with the topic of Passion, Freedom & Women, Miriam Schapiro is a groundbreaking artist who, in her 60-year career, stepped out of the mold to fight for women’s artistic freedom and the democratization of art in the Winter 2010 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Faith Ringgold’s illustrated story, How the People Became Color Blind, with Ringgold herself reading the text that accompanies the drawings in the Fall 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Tammy Rae Carland: An artist tests identity by performing her father and mother in the Summer 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Judith K. Brodsky addresses discrimination against women in male arenas in the Spring 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

New York artist Joyce Kozloff, an originating figure of the Pattern and Decorative movement, in the Winter 2009 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Martha Rosler, known for placing unsettling images in familiar places, in the Fall 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Suzanne Lacy's 1974 Project on Prostitution in the Summer 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Linda Stein’s sculpture envisions empowerment for women with HIV-AIDS in the May 2008 edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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