Museum's "Extraordinary" Bearden Exhibition Spotlighted in Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland Phoenix

Story posted November 18, 2009

From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden, the impressive exhibition that has practically overtaken the Museum of Art (its 75 works take visitors through the Bernard and Barbro Osher, Halford and Center galleries), is dazzling audiences and reviewers alike.

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Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, Falling Star, 1980, lithograph, Art Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

The nationally traveling exhibition focusing on the artist's innovative printmaking techniques is the subject of a review in the Maine Sunday Telegram's November 15, 2009, Audience section.

"For Bearden, what people see is mediated by what they already know: A cop. A black man. Jesus. Matisse. Urban America. Art history," writes art historian Daniel Kany in his review.

"Bearden is saying our vision of any event is guided by the way memories are torn from various sources — education, pop culture, history and so on."

Read the review.

"A gem of a show"

"Jazz on Paper," the October 21, 2009, Portland Phoenix review, notes, "In a jazz performance the endless hours of arrangement and preparation are hidden from the audience, as they should be. For this artist, and this show, seeing the pains that Bearden took with his work affirms the sense of the great worth of these pieces." Read the review.

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Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, Jamming at the Savoy, 1980-81, etching and aquatint, Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

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