The Art of Romare Bearden

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[image] Pittsburgh Memory, 1964

Romare Bearden, Pittsburgh Memory, 1964
collage of printed papers with graphite on cardboard
Collection of halley k harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, New York
© Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

In a 1969 article, "Rectangular Structure in my Montage Paintings," Bearden explained his approach in making collages: "In most instances in creating a picture, I use many disparate elements to form a figure, or part of a background....I feel that when some photographic detail, such as a hand or an eye, is taken out of its original context and is fractured and integrated into a different space and form configuration, it acquires a plastic quality it did not have in the original....”

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