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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.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMARE BEARDEN (September 2, 1911) On the occasion of the 109th birthday of Romare Bearden we are celebrating the launch of a new
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The Romare Bearden Foundation presents: “Putting' on the Ritz: Fashion and the Harlem Renaissance" The Virtual Visual Conversation with Camara Holloway & Elizabeth Way Tuesday,
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Tuesday May 28, 2019 6:00 -8:00 pm FREE & OPEN to the public. “Artist Talk with Adrienne Elise Tarver” In her work, multimedia artist
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Tuesday April 16, 2019 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Free and open to the public. “James L. Allen: Artist-Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance” Speaker Camara Holloway
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