Romare Bearden Fundation


The Art of Romare Bearden

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated by Ruth Fine, this exhibition toured five major museums in the United States (September 2003 - April 2005). The Art of Romare Bearden was the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of the artist's large body of work. The exhibition contained approximately 130 works that explored the complexity and scope of Bearden's evolution and featured many rarely exhibited and/or never before seen works from private collections.

The exhibition was organized into several sections: Origins, Circa 1964, Mecklenburg Memories, The City and Its Music, Stories, Women, Monotypes, Collaborations, and Late Work. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive 334-page catalogue (The Art of Romare Bearden) published by the National Gallery of Art in association with Harry N. Abrams, New York, and a new documentary on Romare Bearden, also produced by the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery Exhibition and National Tour was made possible with generous support from AT&T. See the panel of museums to the right for a list of venues and schedules.

Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art

The first time that a major American athlete has exhibited nationally a personal art collection of this scale and magnitude, The Grant Hill Collection includes 46 works by outstanding African-American artists. Several pieces by Romare Bearden are in the Collection, including Serenade (1941), Number 9 (1961), Seed Time (1969) and They That Are Delivered From the Noise of the Archers (1942), which was on tour with The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition.

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Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic and Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik tour the Art of Romare Bearden exhibition at the National Gallery.
(watch a video of their tour)






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