Romare Bearden (North Carolina 1911 - 1988)
Romare Bearden's images of spiritual ceremonies, baptisms and burials, industrial hardships, jazz bands and daily life have become the themes that critics and collectors most frequently associate with his work. By the time of his death, Bearden was considered America's preeminent collage artist of the 20th century. He received numerous awards and honors including membership to The National Institute of Arts and Letters and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1987 he was presented the National Medal of Arts.
Bearden's art can be found in the permanent collections of nearly every major American museum in the United States. Significant career retrospectives have been organized; first by The Museum of Modern Art in 1970, followed by the Mint Museum in 1980 and the most notable, premiered at National Gallery of Art in 2003.
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