Art Club has learned about American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988).
He was an African American artist and writer. He worked in several media including cartoons, oils, and collage. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bearden grew up in a middle-class African American family. Bearden's family joined the Great Migration of southern blacks to northern and western areas of he United States. Settling in New York City, Bearden called this home for the rest of his life. During the 1920's, Harlem was a vibrant exciting cultural center. His parents, being prominent figures in Harlem's cultural and political scene, Romare was surrounded by important figures, well known artists, musicians, and writers. He would take these life experiences and exhibit them through his art throughout his career.
In the 1960's, Bearden's work became more representational and more socially conscious. He used clippings, photos and writings from magazines, which at that time was a new kind of medium. Using this medium, he tried to show social awareness in the African American rights movement. Combining his memories of growing up in Harlem, and using collage,
he created beautiful works of art. Some of Romare Bearden's work is currently on display at the High Museum of art in Atlanta - check it out if you get a chance!
Look at the Romare Bearden inspired prints that our Art Club has created!