NEW YORK—“Romare Bearden: Insight and Innovation” at DC Moore Gallery offers a rare opportunity to view an expansive collection of works executed throughout the artist’s career, from the 1940s to the 1980s. The gallery describes the selection as the “finest examples of Bearden’s work in collage, watercolor, and oil, highlighting his mastery of multiple artistic techniques and mediums.”
The exhibition features his only known self-portrait, works inspired by his native Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and photostats that Bearden called Projections.
In response to the civil rights movement that was unfolding during the 1960s, Bearden formed the Spiral Group, with fellow African American artists eager to explore their role in the fight for racial justice and define their place in the art world. The period marked a turning point in Bearden’s work. Inspired by the tension of black-white race relations he began creating black-and-white photomontages. The exhibition features a trio of the photostats.
DC Moore Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Romare Bearden Estate and Romare Bearden Foundation. The works are on view from March 20 to April 19, 2014. The show concludes this weekend.
All photos by Arts Observer
From left, “Mecklenburg Autumn: Morning,” 1983 (collage and acrylic on fiberboard); “Mecklenburg Autumn: October – Towards Paw’s Creek,” 1983 (collage and oil, ink, and graphite on fiberboard); and “Mecklenburg Autumn: September – Sky and Meadow,” 1983 (collage and oil on fiberboard).
The gallery describes Bearden’s above work as “both a visual autobiography and his only known self-portrait.” The image features an easel holding “The Visitation,” which is also on view in the exhibition.