"This multivocal medley of texts provides a long overdue discussion in depth of Faith Ringgold's work. Even scholarly seriousness can't dampen the vitality of her story quilts.
In fact, it's catching."Lucy Lippard, author of Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America
This book, which is designed to accompany a traveling exhibition of Faith Ringgold's work, gives young adults an opportunity to observe the stylistic, social, and political development of the African-American artist, writer, and storyteller. Essays by members of the art community present views of Ringgold's work and influences. The highlight of the book is the section of fine-quality full-color plates of the artist's unique and beautiful creations and the texts from several of her story quilts. The personal narratives cover an amazing array of topics as diverse as Jim Crow and Matisse's 'La Danse' The artist uses 'magic realism,' true artistic license, in many of her pieces, incorporating in the same scene historical figures who could never have met. Her successful journey through an often sexist and racist art world, while perhaps not magical, is impressive. Ringgold has not only created her own path; she has also provided young artists with a clear path and a direction to follow through her art and her words. -- Nancy Karst, Fairfax County Public Library