August 9 – January 22, 2024 @ Asheville Art Museum
The Asheville Art Museum announces"Romare Bearden: Ways of Working" ison view from Aug.9, – Jan.22, 2024, in The Van Winkle Law Firm Gallery, Level 1.
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, photomontageand 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.
"'Romare Bearden: Ways of Working' highlights Bearden's unique artistic practice and masterful storytelling through art," says Pamela L. Myers, executive director of the Asheville Art Museum. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Jerald Melberg Gallery to present these extraordinary works on paper in conversation with Bearden's collageSunset Express, 1984 in the Museum Collection (on view in the Museum's SECU Collection Hall). This exhibition will also provide a glimpse into the cultural histories and personal interests that influenced his art-making practice, and we hope it encourages introspection and dialogue with our visitors."
Jerald Melberg says, "Romare Bearden's groundbreaking artistic practice continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With an unparalleled legacy of creativity and innovation, Bearden's contributions to art remain deeply influential years beyond his life." We have enjoyed organizing this exhibition with the Asheville Art Museum to showcase his artistic genius and inspire visitors from the Western North Carolina region and beyond."
For more information about the exhibition or hours of operation, visit ashevilleart.org.