Romare Bearden, The Blues Has Got Me, 1944 SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA Permanent Collection, Gift of Dr. Walter O. Evans and Mrs. Linda J. Evans. © Romare Bearden Foundation / VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Romare Bearden: Abstraction
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA - Jun 25-Sep 18
While Jacob Lawrence is the most well-known African American artist, Romare Bearden is equally admired and respected. Like Lawrence, Bearden captured scenes of everyday life in Harlem and elsewhere. At the Frye we will see his abstractions – and closer ties to modern art gained firsthand from his stays in Paris, where he met Picasso, Léger and Braque. Once he was back in New York, his studies of Chinese ink painting freed him for the leap to abstraction.