This hypersensitive woman changed the conventions of autobiography. Her seven books in this genre are like dialogues which invite the reader to imagine how he would react to the trauma experienced by the author. The guilt she had suffered for several years after the murder of her rapist became through her writings a pedagogic case in child psychiatry.
This prophetess had a view on the intrinsic quality of art beyond the careers of artists and the opinions of critics, highlighting the example of the posthumous fame of van Gogh. She kept a collection of works of art often offered by her friends. This collection will be dispersed by Swann Galleries in New York on September 15. Remember that this auction house is the only one organizing periodic African American art sales.
For her 61st birthday in 1989, she was presented by Oprah Winfrey with a quilt made by another personality of the African American culture, Faith Ringgold.
Daughter of a fashion seamstress, Faith Ringgold mixes acrylic painting on canvas with pieces of dyed fabrics, in storied arrangements inspired by thangkas.
The work commissioned by Oprah Winfrey, 185 x 185 cm, is titled Maya's Quilt of Life. It is estimated $ 150K, lot 32. Maya 'Dr' Angelou is standing on a spring path, smiling, dressed in bright colors. The centerpiece of the artwork is flanked by two vertical columns of texts of tributes and quotes.