The Art of Romare Bearden

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Harry N. Abrams, Sep 1, 2003 - Art - 334 pages
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Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was one of America's great artistic innovators, blazing his own trail in a time of turbulent cultural change. While his work offers an invaluable view of mid-twentieth-century African-American experience, it has also come to occupy a significant place in the wider history of American art and speaks to the universal concerns of artists everywhere.
Born in North Carolina and coming of age in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Bearden was surrounded from an early age by writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals who presided over an extraordinary period of creative ferment. With keen aesthetic sensitivity, the insight of a philosopher, and the courage of a pioneer, Bearden absorbed images and ideas that he later wove into his colorful, complex, and imaginative art. His work is infused with the sounds, intervals, and rhythms of jazz and the blues; the majesty and mystery of popular religion and obscure ritual; echoes of European old master painting and African art; and the atmosphere of the places he loved.
In addition to reproducing examples of Bearden's well-known collages, photostats, and watercolors, The Art of Romare Bearden includes paintings in gouache and oil, murals, book illustrations, costume designs, and his only known sculpture. Much of this art has been culled from private collections and is rarely seen. Fine's definitive essay, based on new research, is accompanied by shorter essays on the artist's European and African sources, his own writings, and contemporary criticism of his art.

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During the next two years, a major retrospective exhibition of Romare Bearden's work will travel from the National Gallery in Washington, DC, to San Francisco, Dallas, New York, and Atlanta. Such ... Read full review

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Romare Bearden is my greatest influence as an fine arts artist. He is a master storyteller using the art of the collage as a medium to bring you dramatic and poignant history with excellent use of color and composition. Read full review


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Romare Bearden (1911-1988) is internationally recognized as one of America's greatest artists and was a recipient of the President's National Medal of Arts. Bearden worked in many media, but he is best known for his collages. His work is included in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A retrospective of his work is currently on display at the National Gallery of Art; it will travel over the next few years to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Fine is Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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