LAUNCHING NEW PROJECT ON BEARDEN – The Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonne Project


On the occasion of the 109th birthday of Romare Bearden we are celebrating the launch of a new partnership with the Wildenstein-Plattner Institute to publish the digital catalogue raisonné.


This Digital Catalogue will be a comprehensive research tool providing access to critical archives and materials documented by the Romare Bearden Foundation to preserve the artist’s legacy. This digital publication will provide scholars, provenance researchers, and the general public with a reliable and comprehensive research tool that will advance the study of the artist’s oeuvre.

Vital to this project will be the archival resources of The Romare Bearden Foundation, the digital catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work is an important milestone in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation will provide the WPI with access to a wealth of archival resources and other materials to be processed, digitized, and ultimately made available for public use. With foundational experience in catalogue raisonné research and production, the WPI is perfectly positioned to help the Romare Bearden Foundation bring the RBDCR into being.

Through a series of virtual events and undertakings, the WPI aims to honor Bearden’s legacy by leveraging the power of the institution and highlighting his impact as an advocate for young people of color. ⁠

Excerpt from the Wildenstein-Plattner Institute press release 9/2/2020

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