ROMARE BEARDEN: Paintings and Projections

Albany: The Art Gallery, State University of New York, 1968. First Edition. Wraps. Rather uncommon catalogue of the solo exhibition of collages by American artist Romare Bearden (1911-88), a founding member of the Harlem-based art group known as Spiral, formed to discuss the responsibility of the African American artist in the civil rights movement. In his perceptive introductory essay, Ralph Ellison writes admiringly of the way Bearden’s work gives voice to the Black experience while also exploring the possibilities of form. The artist’s magisterial treatment of image and technique - in his textural collage-paintings and projections expressive of jazz and blues, Southern rural life and Northern cities, ritual and myth - allowed him, Ellison wrote, "to express the tragic predicament of his people without violating his passionate dedication to art as a fundamental and transcendent agency for confronting and revealing the world." Square octavo: [24] p. with 10 illustrations. Original pictorial paper wrappers. Some very mild wear; else very good or better. Near fine. Item #76684

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