I went to a fantastic exhibit on Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. A few weeks earlier on my way to Port Discovery, I was excited to learn that there was a Romare Bearden exhibit at the museum ending March 28th. I finally made it on the second to last day. If you are unfamiliar with Romare Bearden’s work you can check out some of his art at: http://www.beardenfoundation.org/index2.shtml
Aside from the images, the most inspiring thing about the exhibit was a description of how Bearden approached creating images. As an artist he was more interested in the process of creating than in his end product. He often combined and experimented with a variety of print and collage techniques, inventing unusual ways of creating images. He also often worked not alone but with other artists, collaboration was a part of the process, not a means to an end. He repeated, and rearranged and added and deleted, creating several versions of the same piece, improvisation was also a part of the process.
Does all of this sound familiar….
I plan to use one of his printing techniques with our artists when we return from break.
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