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Faith Ringold, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Tar Beach 2, 1990 (detail). Acid dyes on bleached silk duppioni, and cotton. 65 x 65 inches (165.1 x 165.1 cm). Edition of 24. Faith Ringold, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Tar Beach 2, 1990. Acid dyes on bleached silk duppioni, and cotton. 65 x 65 inches (165.1 x 165.1 cm). Edition of 24.
Faith Ringold, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Tar Beach 2, 1990 (detail). Acid dyes on bleached silk duppioni, and cotton. 65 x 65 inches (165.1 x 165.1 cm). Edition of 24.
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Faith Ringold, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Tar Beach 2, 1990. Acid dyes on bleached silk duppioni, and cotton. 65 x 65 inches (165.1 x 165.1 cm). Edition of 24.
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Tar Beach 2, 1990

Artist: Faith Ringgold

Ringgold's FWM quilt, Tar Beach, tells the story of a young African American girl who grows up in Harlem, spending her time outdoors on the rooftops of her urban landscape. The narrative is told through text and image, which are printed with dyes on silk duppioni. Ringgold chose a variety of decorative fabrics to border the quilts, making each quilt in the edition of 24 unique.

In 1991, Ringgold published Tar Beach as a children’s book (Crown Publishers). It has won over twenty awards, including the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King award for best illustrated children’s book in 1991.