Romare Bearden

Frick Pittsburgh exhibition shows the many facets of Romare Bearden

Seeing an exhibition dedicated to Romare Bearden, one of the country’s most groundbreaking and influential Black artists, in a space also occupied by paintings of white aristocracy from centuries past strikes me as odd. And yet, the Frick Art Museum at The Frick Pittsburgh has done just that, displaying parts of its Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary show in a gallery full of paintings depicting bucolic scenes, and portraits of men who, decked in powdered wigs and finery, seem to stare disapprovingly at the new occupant.
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Honoring Black History – Romare Bearden

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Romare Bearden was a Black artist and writer born right here in Charlotte. He worked with many types of media, including cartoons, oil and collages. In 1987, Bearden was awarded the National Medal of Arts. He died a year later.
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UMMA’s ‘Romare Bearden, Abstraction’ exhibit reminds us of why we love art

All quotes from Romare Bearden and biographical information are displayed in the exhibit. The first piece of art I ever loved was “Sunday Morning Breakfast.” When I was five, my parents brought home the 1967 Romare Bearden print from their trip to the Museum of Modern Art and placed it in my bathroom (our home’s powder room). I wanted a painting of flowers, or at least a pink retiling, but no. They gave me an abstract collage featuring a variety of characters with big heads, a meat smoker and a background of collaged paper scraps. I made up stories about the people and places I saw. Bearden’s work left hundreds of unanswered questions, and with time, I came to love it.


This exhibit features 55 paintings, works on paper, and collages from the late Romare Bearden, one of the founding members of the Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in 1911, Bearden was widely known for his large-scale public murals and collages, commenting on racism and the marginalization of Black Americans. The exhibit emphasizes the importance of abstraction in the artist's work and marks Bearden’s place within the New York avant-garde art scene of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; 1-5pm Sunday. $12-$6. (843)722-2706,