Connections: Albert Murray, Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis

Detail of “Carnival,” circa 1957 (oil on linen) by Norman Lewis.

NEW YORK—Albert Murray, the writer, cultural critic and jazz historian, was close friends with a couple of great artists. In 1950, Murray traveled to Paris where he befriended Romare Bearden and the two collaborated on many projects throughout the artist’s life. At the same time, Murray collected works by Norman Lewis and they traveled in the same social circles. Bearden also knew Lewis.

“Five Works from the Collection of Albert Murray: Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis” pays tribute to the creative connections among these influential men.

The exhibit is on view in the Project Space of DC Moore Gallery from Jan. 6 to Feb. 4, 2012, concurrently with “David Driskell. Creative Spirit: Five Decades.”

Photos by Arts Observer

Above, “Carnivals,” circa 1957 (pastel and pencil on paper) by Norman Lewis.

Left, “Fishing and Crabbing, Three Mile Creek,” circa 1965 (collage and colored pencil on board) by Romare Bearden; “Ellington on Stage,” 1979 (oil monoprint on paper) by Romare Bearden; “With Blue,” 1962 (oil and graphite on linen) by Romare Bearden.

“Carnival,” circa 1957 (oil on linen) by Norman Lewis.

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