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Look at This! ‘Romare Bearden: Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise’ at ACA Galleries

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Romare Bearden, Cora's Morning, 1986

From Nov. 2011 through Oct. 2012, the Studio Museum in Harlem celebrated the 100th anniversary of Romare Bearden’s birth with “The Bearden Project,” a magisterial three-part series of shows of work by artists who were influenced by the artist, from Trenton Doyle Hancock to Iona Rozeal Brown. Those who want to continue the celebration of Bearden, who lived from 1911 to 1988, should head over to ACA Galleries, which, through Feb. 23, is presenting an exhibition called “Romare Bearden: Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise” that includes a trove of his pieces from the 1970s and ’80s. Read More


An Influential Citizen: ‘The Bearden Project’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Romare Bearden, "Prelude to Farewell," 1981 (©Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York)

It is fitting that Romare Bearden is best known for his work in collage; the omnivorous artist wrote hit jazz songs, painted, drew, and made tapestries, quilts, book jackets, and album and magazine covers. It is difficult to reduce his penchant for quoting Paul Valéry and his close friendship with Hanna Arendt, his stint as a baseball player and his study under Georg Grosz to the label “black artist,” unless, as Bearden himself did, you see blackness as a part of the American identity—an identity that has always been a pastiche. Read More