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From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden
October 1, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Center Gallery
"Heavy Freight" (from the 12 Trains Suite), 1974 by Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, photo etching with hand coloring, Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Focusing on the later period of his career, From Process to Printexplores Romare Bearden’s graphic oeuvre from the 1960s though the early 1980s. This nationally traveling exhibition focuses on the artist’s innovative printmaking techniques and sheds new light on his sources of inspiration and process.

Featuring seventy-five works, this exhibition offers audiences a unique opportunity to go beneath the surface and better understand the graphic work of celebrated American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988). Exhibited in over 150 group exhibitions and ten solo museum shows, including a blockbuster exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1971, Bearden won widespread recognition and praise during his lifetime. As an artist, he constantly strove “to discover a personal way of expression that might be called new” while still “common to other men.” Bearden’s familiarity with the work of the Old Masters, whose paintings and drawings he frequently quoted in his own art, combined with his personal experiences as an African American in both the Deep South and New York City, created a unique body of work that was both personal and communal. 

The Romare Bearden Foundation, a New York based foundation dedicated to the legacy of the preeminent American artist, has organized the exhibition.

 
"Home to Ithaca" (from the Odysseus Series) by Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, 1979, screenprint, Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
"Jamming at the Savoy", 1980-81 by Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, etching and aquatint, Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

"Falling Star", 1980 by Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, lithograph, Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY