Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections

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?A significant development in the wider understanding of the sources and inspiration behind much of Bearden's art

?Focuses on a largely unstudied area of the artist's work, his recollections and memories of his southern childhood

?Draws together a significant and broad ranging collection of his work, produced throughout his career, including selections from his The Prevalence of Ritual series

Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections presents 90 works from the full span of the artist's career, drawing on the Mint ...

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Overview

·A significant development in the wider understanding of the sources and inspiration behind much of Bearden's art

·Focuses on a largely unstudied area of the artist's work, his recollections and memories of his southern childhood

·Draws together a significant and broad ranging collection of his work, produced throughout his career, including selections from his The Prevalence of Ritual series

Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections presents 90 works from the full span of the artist's career, drawing on the Mint Museum and other public and private collections of Bearden's work. As well as numerous stylistic influences from African, European and Chinese art, this new volume focuses on how his childhood in North Carolina served as a key source of inspiration for him throughout his life.

Bearden recorded the notions of ritual, and the celebration of a lost way of life, as families like his own dispersed across the urban centres of the north east. Colour plates from the accompanying exhibition are presented throughout four essays by leading Bearden scholars. These include Dr Leslie King Hammond, who focuses on the feminist component in his art, as well as the role of complex iconographic features such as trains and birds, as possible metaphors for God in the machine and the means of deliverance to a new life.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
On the centennial of Bearden's (1911–88) birth, the Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC, mounted an exhibition of his career. One of the great American artists of the 20th century, Bearden was an innovator who utilized paint, mixed media, collage, and photo-montage to represent the breadth of the African American experience. This exhibition catalog reproduces much of his artistic output in full color but focuses primarily on the influence of his experiences in the South and how it is expressed in his art. Hanzel (curator, contemporary art, Mint Museum) includes essays by Ruth Fine (curator, modern art, National Gallery of Art), Myron Schwartzman (Romare Bearden: His Life and Art), and Mary Lee Corlett (research associate, National Gallery of Art) on Bearden's life, artistic development, and creative expression. The book features a chronological list of works in the show and a bibliography of works on Bearden published since 2003. (An earlier book, Fine's The Art of Romare Bearden, provides a thorough bibliography up to that date.) VERDICT A valuable resource on the life and art of a major American artist.—Eugene C. Burt, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904832980
  • Publisher: D Giles Limited
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,033,900
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenda Gilmore is Professor of History at Yale University.
Dr Leslie King Hammond is Graduate Dean Emeritus at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MCIA), and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at MICA.
Mary Lee Corlett is Research Associate at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by the Director; Preface and Acknowledgments by Carla Hanzal, Curator; Introduction by Carla Hanzal; Illustrated Essays; Selected Bibliography; Index; Photography Credits
Carla Hanzal is Curator at Mint Museum of Art.
Dr Jay Emerling is Associate Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art at University of North Carolina.
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