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Collages by Romare Bearden
October 1, 2009 - January 5, 2010
Focus Gallery
"Pittsburgh Memory", 1964 by Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, collage on board, Collection of Michael Rosenfeld and halley k harrisburg, New York, New York, © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York
This intimate show of original collages by Romare Bearden will complement the sweeping exhibition From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden also on view. Bearden began working with collage in the mid-1960s while part of Spiral Group, an organization concerned with the role of African Americans in the arts. A student of George Grosz, a German Dada artist, Bearden was familiar with the political history of collage. Bearden first exhibited his collages at the prominent New York City Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery in 1964. As his signature medium, collage shaped Bearden’s printmaking practice throughout his later career.

As noted by Grace C. Stanislaus, the President of the Romare Bearden Foundation, “For Bearden, the process of making art was as important as the product that resulted.”