WASHINGTON (AP) — Faith Ringgold's "confrontational art" — a series of vivid paintings about race, gender, class and civil rights— is so intense that when she first offered the paintings four decades ago, no one would buy them.
But now those controversial works are enjoying a revival.
Forty-nine of Ringgold's early works go on display Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. The paintings are from the "American People" and "Black Light" collections she created in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as earlier works and political posters.
Ringgold says her goal was to grab the eyes of Americans and help them see themselves in the context of the tumultuous times they lived in. She kept the paintings from public view for more than 40 years.