Tomorrow I May Be Far Away, 1967
Tomorrow I May Be Far Away, a line from Edith North Johnson’s 1929 classic “Good Chib Blues,” evokes journeys and partings. And like the blues, Romare Bearden’s monumental collage derives its power from repetition, multiple meanings, and the layered associations of imagery. It is rich with metaphor and memory, informed by art historical tradition and life experience, and steeped in a vibrant African American cultural heritage. Tomorrow I May Be Far Away is quintessential Bearden in its expression of the human condition.
Romare Bearden (1911–1988) was a prolific African American visual artist whose works included painting, collage, prints, and public art. He placed African American life, cultural history, literature, and politics in the center of human experience. Bearden drew influence from African sculpture and Western European art as well as blues and jazz music. He was a founding member of Spiral, a group of African American artists that formed in 1963 in support of the civil rights movement.