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About Romare Bearden
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Romare Howard Bearden (1911-1988). Recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the twentieth century, the artist had a prolific and distinguished career.
The Romare Bearden Foundation hosts events and fundraisers to promote the arts, and to support their educational programs.
In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy
The Romare Bearden Foundation, The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University combine forces to examine Bearden’s legacy under three distinct lenses: the impact of his activist work, especially his prints; the role of music in both his practice at large and the activist projects; and the resonance of his oeuvre in contemporary art making.
Drawing on the art and activist legacy of American icon Romare Bearden (1911–1988), the three-day convening offers a unique, action-oriented investigation into the potent relationships among race, culture, economy, and the common good. Plenary discussions examine the themes of purposeful creativity, the artist as activist, BIPOC leadership in creative culture and economy, and other topics. Live musical and artistic performances evoke and explore key themes, creating a dynamic and thought-provoking experience: part conversation and part performance.
Speakers, performers, and artists at the symposium include: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Aisha Benson, Johanne Bryant-Reid, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Adrienne Edwards, Nicole Fleetwood, Angie Kim, Eriola Pira, fayemi shakur, Eddie Torres, Yvonne Watson, Calvin Williams, H. Sharif Williams, and Wayne Winborne.
Full schedule and guide here: https://www.veralistcenter.org/events/in-common-romare-bearden-and-new-approaches-to-art-race-economy
In Common: New Approaches with Romare Bearden
Nov 9, 2023–Jan 15, 2024
66 5th Avenue at 13th Street; Open daily 12–6 pm EDT, Thursdays late until 8 pm
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I think the artist has to be something like a whale, swimming with his mouth open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs. When he finds that, he can start to make limitations. And then he really begins to grow.Romare Bearden
I felt that the Negro was becoming too much of an abstraction, rather than the reality that art can give a subject.Romare Bearden, 1964
As a Negro I do not need to go looking for happenings, the absurd or the surreal, because I have seen things that neither Dali, Beckett, Ionesco, nor any of the others could have thought possible.Romare Bearden, 1967
It is not my aim to paint about the Negro in America in terms of propaganda. It is to depict the life of my people as I know it, passionately and dispassionately as Brueghel. My intention is to reveal through pictorial complexities the life I know.Romare Bearden
I do not burden myself with the need for complete abstraction or absolute formal purity but I do want my language to be strict and classical, in the manner of the great Benin heads, for example.Romare Bearden, 1969
I paint out of the tradition of the blues.Romare Bearden, 1980