From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden presents over seventy-five lithographs, etchings, collograph plates, screenprints, drypoints, monoprints, and engravings; all created over a span of thirty years. Together they demonstrate how Romare Bearden, considered one of America's most important and inventive artists, experimented, innovated, and collaborated on his journey toward mastery of the print medium.
This exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Bearden's printmaking process revealed through his investigation of a particular image, theme, or technique. Bearden possessed an extraordinary facility for weaving a rich tapestry of literary, biblical, mythological, popular culture, and western and non-western themes in his prints that were also informed by his African-American cultural experiences. Included are prints based on collages such as the Odysseus series and Piano Lesson that Bearden reworked in several media through changes in technique, scale, and color and photographic processes. Bearden applied a number of conventional and innovative processes to two important series, The Train and The Family, which will be featured in the exhibition. John Loring, writing in Arts Magazine in 1973, proclaimedThe Train as "one of the ten most important prints of our time."The complex techniques used in these series reflect the climate of experimentation and innovation characteristic of printmaking that was prevalent during this time.
The exhibition was organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, New York, New York.Exhibition tour organization and management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California. A full color 140-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Supported by: and The Charles R. Wood Exhibition Fund
Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, Falling Star, 1980, lithograph, 23 1/2 x 18 in. (image), Edition 175. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Romare Bearden, American, 1911-1988, Quilting Time, 1981, lithograph, 18 x 23 1/8 in. (image)m Edition 175. © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.