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Romare Bearden: Ways of Working
On view through January 22, 2024
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville, North Carolina

Romare Bearden (Charlotte, NC 1911–1988 New York, NY), African American writer and artist, is renowned for his collages. He constantly experimented with various techniques to achieve his artistic goals throughout his career. This exhibition highlights works on paper and explores his most frequently used mediums, including screen-printing, lithography, hand-colored etching, collagraph, monotype, relief print, photomontage, and collage.

Bearden’s work reflects his improvisational approach to his practice. He considered his process akin to that of jazz and blues composers. Starting with an open mind, he would let an idea evolve spontaneously.

[Image: Romare Bearden, Lullaby at Birdland, circa 1980, monotype, 29 1/2 x 41 1/2. Jerald Melberg Gallery © The Romare Bearden Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]