Atlanta’s famed High Museum of Art presents Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series on display now through February 2020.
The exhibition’s title is based on a 1977 New Yorker article written by Calvin Tompkins about Bearden’s illustrious career. The biographical essay and the experience of being interviewed, inspired Bearden to create his own word-and-picture elaborations on the decades of his life spanning from the 1910s to 1940s.
“I really think the art of painting is the art of putting something over something else.” —Romare Bearden
According to the High, this is the first reassembling of Bearden’s Profile exhibitions and are in the original order along with the text as Bearden first intended.
In addition to the exhibition, the High will also be hosting a series of community events about Mr. Bearden’s life and influence including an intimate conversation on Friday, October 25. It features Spelman College President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell as they discuss the decades-long friendship between Mr. Bearden and dance legend Alvin Ailey.
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PHOTO CREDIT: COURTESY OF HIGH MUSEUM OF ART