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A Graphic Odyssey: Romare Bearden As Printmaker

Pilate (Misty Island)
Romare Bearden
(American, 1912-1988)
Pilate (Misty Island)
1979
color lithograph
(92.83)

Romare Bearden (1912-1988), born in North Carolina, is one of the most renowned African American artists of the twentieth century. After studying in Paris where he was exposed to European modernists trends, Bearden set up his studio in New York City in 1956. Adapting Cubism to suit his own purposes, Bearden began working in collage and combined this avant-garde language with his own heritage. He mastered a variety of printmaking techniques: serigraphy, lithography, etching, aquatint, sugarlift, collagraphy, and photolithography - all represented in this exhibition, which highlighted thirty years of Bearden's printmaking oeuvre, ranging in date from circa 1945 to 1980.

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