Faith Ringgold’s “Sonny’s Bridge, 1986”

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Faith Ringgold, an artist known for her narrative quilts, died on April 13th, at her home in Englewood, New Jersey, at the age of ninety-three. Her work came to be lauded for its “confident peculiarities” and “irrepressible vitality”—as the late Peter Schjeldahl, then The New Yorker’s art critic, put it, describing her retrospective at the New Museum, in 2022. Ringgold was a prolific creator and changemaker in several spheres: she taught art in public schools, authored several children’s books, and was a tireless champion of Black artists and women artists. She also adored musicians; this painted quilt features her friend Sonny Rollins, with whom Ringgold grew up in Harlem.

For more covers with bridges, see below:

“June 6, 1931,” by Theodore G. Haupt

“A Bicyclist on His Way to Brooklyn,” by J. J. Sempé

“Connected,” by Malika Favre

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