Exhibition Opens April 15, Educational Programming April 26
"Greenhill is honored to present Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden. With this exhibition and sale, Greenhill celebrates one collector, Lou Milano and his extraordinary collection, and one artist, Romare Bearden, who helped define 20th century contemporary art.
Select Collection includes Romare Bearden etchings, screenprints, lithographs, bon à tires, drawing and collage. Romare Bearden was a seminal African American artist and is recognized as one of America’s most important twentieth-century artists.
Greenhill is honored to host this exhibition and art sale, which will display over 40 of his works with 87 works available for sale. Romare Bearden was a prolific artist, with a catalogue of works in the hundreds. The exhibition and art sale at Greenhill will provide the viewer a sampling of some of his most important lithographs, serigraphs and etchings, including his highly acclaimed works The Family, Morni (Carolina Morning), Mecklenburg Autumn and The Train.
Recognized as one of America's most vibrant and creative 20th century artist, Romare Bearden's work depicted the richness and vibrancy of African American life. A North Carolina native, Bearden was inspired by his personal experiences, the rural south and a variety of historical, literary and musical influences.
"You should always respect what you are and your culture because if your art is going to mean anything, that is where it comes from," Bearden said in 1987 on PBS's The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.
Visitors are invited to view the collection at Greenhill April 15, 2014 - June 22, 2014. On April 26, 2014, Greenhill will host an educational program, which is open and free to the public:
- 10:00 - 11:30AM : Romare Bearden in Context. Who was Romare Bearden, what was his role in 20th Century contemporary art, what was his influence in and outside of the arts.
- 1:30 – 3:00PM: The Prints of Romare Bearden. Discussion focused on examining the wide array of his prints, helping to articulate to viewers the experimentation, adaptation, and improvisation found in his prints.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 5:30PM, Greenhill will host An Evening Celebrating Romare Bearden, a ticketed private reception ($125/person.) Guests will have an opportunity join the "Walk and Talk," where panelists will highlight works within the collection, their importance, references and influences. For information and to purchase tickets for this event, visit www.greenhillnc.org and click on “Select Collection.”
Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1911; he left for New York City with his parents in 1914 but came back to his home state often to visit his grandparents. For Greenhill, Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden symbolizes Bearden at home.
North Carolina left an indelible mark on Bearden’s work which is seen through many of the works offered through Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden. Bearden was a prolific artist, with a catalogue of works in the hundreds. The exhibition and art sale at Greenhill will provide the viewer with a sampling of some of his most important lithographs, serigraphs and etchings, including his highly acclaimed works The Family, Carolina Morning, Mecklenburg Autumn and The Train.
"With Select Collection, we are hoping to introduce younger art collectors to Bearden and offer connoisseur collectors an opportunity to add to their collections," said Sandra Miller Jones, President and Founder, Segmented Marketing Services, Inc. (SMSi)
Greenhill and the SMSi Partners, Segmented Marketing Services, Inc. (SMSi) and SMSi-Urban Call Marketing are partnering to promote and educate North Carolinians about Bearden the man and his work. Additionally, Beth Hopkins, a Romare Bearden aficionada, is serving as a consultant with Greenhill and the SMSi Partners.
"We are delighted to partner with Greenhill to bring Bearden back home and celebrate his life and contributions," said Lafayette Jones, President & CEO, SMSi-Urban Call Marketing, Inc.
Select Collection | Prints of Romare Bearden is available online at http://greenhillnc.org/?page/141015/select-collection."
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