Romare Bearden is regarded as one of America’s master painters and collagists. Bearden is known as an innovator, integrating many techniques to achieve his unique style of collage. His childhood memories and art historical influences are blended and transformed to create an original and exciting narrative on African-American history and the dynamic world of jazz.
He is famous for his collages and assemblages mixed with over-paint, and is highly regarded as one of the century’s most inventive print makers, in a league with Charles White and Jacob Lawrence and in the line of Picasso, Braque and Robert Rauschenberg.
SELECTED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
Museum of Modem Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
1940 Addison Bates, 1st solo show, New York. NY
1965-66 Corcoran Gallery, 1st solo museum show, Washington, D.C.
1971 Museum of Modern Art, “Romare Bearden, 1940-1970: The Prevalence of Ritual,” mid-career retrospective, NYC
1980 “Romare Bearden: 1970 –1980” Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 1992-94 “A Graphic Odyssey: Romare Bearden as Printmaker,” traveling retrospective,’ including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
2003 September 14, – 2004 January 4, National Gallery of Art,
2004 February 7 – May 16, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
2004 June 20 – September 12, Dallas Museum of Art,
2004 October 14, -2005 January 9, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,
2005 January 29 – April 24, 2005 High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
The Art of Romare Bearden, the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of the large and diverse body of work by one of America’s preeminent 20th-century artists, will be presented by the National Gallery of Art in its East Building, September 14, 2003 – January 4, 2004.
Approximately 130 works–paintings; drawings and watercolors; monotypes and edition prints; collages of diverse materials, including fabrics; photographs; wood sculpture; and designs for record albums, costumes and stage sets, and book illustrations–will explore the complexity and scope of the artist’s evolution and will feature many rarely exhibited and/or never before reproduced works from private collections.
Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition will also be seen with slight variation at theSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, February 7 May 16, 2004; the Dallas Museum of Art, June 20 – September 12, 2004; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 14, 2004 – January 9, 2005; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, January 29, 2005 – April 24, 2005.
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina