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Romare Bearden's work was recently displayed in the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. His gallery was titled Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, a collection from 1977. It retells the original Greek saga using all black characters. Larger works included his signature collage style. You can definietly see the processes behind these works--pp close you can see the rough cuts with scissors and left over pencil marks from his outlining. There were also original water color versions where the edges were smoother and details are more intricate. This work is titled Odysseus and Penelope Reunited. Info from Art history 152 Photo courtesy of sites.si.edu www.sites.si.edu
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Romare Bearden was deeply involved with the founding of The Studio Museum in Harlem in 1968. Even today his artwork remains at the cornerstone of museum's collection. "The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society" For more information visit: www.studiomuseum.org
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