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Faith Ringgold

The Bitter Nest, Part II: The Harlem Renaissance Party
1988
acrylic with printed, dyed, and pieced fabric
94 x 83 in.
94 x 83 in.

Faith Ringgold's tumultuous relationship with her two daughters inspired the drama that unfolds in her series entitled The Bitter Nest. Referring to the narrative as a “fantasized adaptation of real life,” Ringgold set the story in Harlem during the 1920s. The artist painted the tale of family differences and intrigue on grids and panels of fabric that were then stitched together to form quilts.