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Romare Bearden

In my last post, I mentioned the artist, Romare Bearden.  I first became aware of him on a long ago visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art.  The show of prints was stunning:  strong colours used in abstracted scenes, such as jazz musicians playing.

He was an incredible artist, working in a large variety of media.  His collage work is notable, and was used on the covers of Fortune and Time magazine in 1968.  His artist talent spread to many areas of the arts, including creation of set and costume design for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

He has been an inspiration for thousands of people.  Brad Marsalis released an album (with an all star line-up) titled Romare Bearden Revealed.

Currently, the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire, and the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco are presenting shows of his works.

Federal Art Project

A few days ago The Writers’ Almanac highlighted the anniversary of the funding approval for the American  Federal Art Project .  The Works Progress Administration was part of F.D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives to get unemployed Americans back to work during the Depression.

Just imagine–a government program to support artists in their work.  It’s reported that Roosevelt said that artists “….got to eat like other people.”


Romare Bearden, Mark Rothko and Jo Mora are a few of the thousands of artists who benefited from the seven year program.