Alice Neel is part of the Tate Modern exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’. .
The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations.
Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations, making for an electrifying visual journey.
Alice Neel’s portrait depicts Faith Ringgold, artist and activist who has been participating in several feminist and anti-racist organisations.
image: Alice Neel, Faith Ringgold, 1977, oil on canvas 122 x 91 cm (48 x 36 in.)