Black History Month is observed every February in the United States and Canada. What better time to remind our readers of the many excellent resources on the topic available in the ARTstor Digital Library?ARTstor is partnering with the Romare Bearden Foundation to share nearly 1,000 images of works by American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) in the Digital Library. These works represent the breadth of Bearden’s enormous output, from his early paintings executed in a range of styles to his pioneering collage work, which highlights his unique combination of painting and collage materials drawn from popular sources. Throughout, Bearden’s art displays his deep engagement with the African American community and the Civil Rights movement.
In addition to his reputation as one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century, Romare Bearden’s talents encompassed intellectual and scholarly pursuits, music, the performing arts, as well as his lifelong support of emerging artists. The Romare Bearden Foundation was established in 1990 as a nonprofit organization by the artist’s estate to preserve and perpetuate his legacy. The Foundation continues to honor Bearden’s artistic legacy by supporting educational programs, special projects, exhibitions, scholarships, and publications that deepen appreciation of and access to Bearden’s art and life. The Foundation also continues Bearden’s work within the artistic community by supporting the intellectual and creative development of up-and-coming African American artists and scholars.
For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Romare Bearden Foundation page.