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About Romare Bearden
Photo by Marvin Newman.
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.
Upcoming Conjur: A Masked Affair, the 2023 Bearden Masquerade benefit. The Bearden Foundation and Powerhouse Arts join forces for a magical evening of dance, fun, and festivities this October to celebrate Bearden’s legacy in American art.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2023
8:00 – 11:00 pm
Powerhouse Arts- 322 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
Romare Bearden's Southern Sensibility by Wide Iris Productions
Shop Romare Bearden
A Teachers Outline
The Art of Romare Bearden Podcast
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WPI Webinar Series – Race Matters: Cultural Politics in the 1960s Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm ET – Virtual on Zoom And the
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WPI Webinar Series – Race Matters: Cultural Politics in the 1960s Next four Thursdays, starting September 7. 1:00 – 200 pm (EDT) – Virtual on
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Revisiting the Spiral Group- A virtual conversation commemorating the historic gathering Thursday, July 27 2023 6:00 – 7:00 pm (EDT) – Virtual on Zoom/Youtube/Facebook Register
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