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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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The Cinque Artist series promotes presentations from professionals, practical information, and platforms for artist to showcase their work. We encourage adult artists, students and enthusiasts
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In conjunction with the exhibition “Romare Bearden: Abstraction” on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Bearden Foundation will be among the honorees at
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It is the last chance show closing, featuring two Bearden works on Saturday, November 18, 2017 Wilmer Jenning Gallery Kenkeleba House 219 East 2nd Street,
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Essie Green Galleries has been exhibiting and selling Bearden and other Black Masters since 1979. This show featured watercolor and collage with a focus on
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