Romare Bearden; courtesy The Romare Bearden Foundation
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Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s upcoming “centennial celebration” of the American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) will, by definition, count as a must-see. For reasons I’ve elaborated upon here and here, Bearden’s example becomes increasingly pivotal as we collectively stumble into a bewildering and Balkanized twenty-first century. For additional insight into Bearden’s genius–not too strong a word, I think, given the scope and depth of his achievement–there’s “A Great Day (And Night) in Harlem”, a lovely essay by the poet David Yezzi from the pages of The Wall Street Journal.
© 2011 Mario Naves