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Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents

ACA Galleries presents Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey at the FREIZE viewing room through October 16.

October 11, 2020: ACA Galleries is presenting Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents at the FREIZE viewing room now through October 16.The Frieze Masters, Main Sector features works by Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey.

Installation view of ACA Galleries’s booth at Frieze London 2020.

ACA Galleries presents Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey at the FREIZE viewing room through October 16.

October 11, 2020: ACA Galleries is presenting Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents at the FREIZE viewing room now through October 16.The Frieze Masters, Main Sector features works by Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey.

Faith Ringgold’s iconic work has long drawn upon a wealth of influences, from historical African artifacts to European modernism. At Frieze Masters, New York’s ACA Galleries has brought together her works and examples of those influences. The presentation features works by Ringgold spanning the 1960s to 2000 including tapestries, paintings, collages, prints, and mask sculptures (priced between $40,000 and $325,000). Also on view are pieces of hard-edged abstraction by Ad Reinhardt, paintings by Jacob Lawrence and Robert Gwathmey, and Tibetan thangka paintings and masks from the Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

“Although Ringgold has had over 200 exhibitions, there has never been one that examined her influences in the context of her artistic output,” said Mikaela Sardo Lamarche, ACA Galleries’s curator. “It was very important for us to put her work from the 1960s to the present in context so our viewers had the opportunity to discover her dialogue with the past and read about the artist’s process and history in her own words.”

Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents features seminal works by Ringgold alongside 20th century artworks to show how Western and non-Western Art have been her sources of inspiration. It gives new perspectives on the artist as she has evolved her practice over six decades. The juxtaposition from different periods and styles reveals how the artist has transformed certain formats and pictorial elements into her own unique style and vocabulary. These diverse artworks from different cultures curated together create a fresh and unexplored view of Ringgold’s artistic output.

Installation view of ACA Galleries’s booth at Frieze London 2020.