Romare BeardenU.S. 1912-1988
Romare Beardon's discovery of black Caribbean culture in 1960 along with heightened interest in African culture during the Civil Rights Movement served to solidify his approach and style. After 1964, he worked in a collage style that juxtaposed fragmented photographic images with vivid, flat areas of color. Along with Stuart Davis, Beardon was one of the first American artists to explore the relationship between painting and music. His collages have been referred to as jazz on paper because….. A painter, writer, and collage artist, Beardon studied at the Art Students League under George Grosz during the 1930s and served in the army during World War II. Regarded as a leading figure in black American culture, Beardon did not receive widespread attention until the retrospective exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1971.
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