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Romare Bearden, Profile/Part I, The Twenties: Pittsburgh Memories, Farewell Eugene, 1978.

Atlanta

Romare Bearden

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, NE
January 29 - April 29

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
June 20 - September 12

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
October 14 - January 9

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
February 7 - May 16

National Gallery of Art
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
September 14 - January 4

Everybody knows Romare Bearden’s collages, but even those who delight in his trademark crisp edges, bang-on color, and iconographic witticisms might not be familiar with the man’s sculpture, album-cover designs, stage sets, and costumes. It’s fitting, then, that the National Gallery should put together the most encyclopedic exhibition of his work ever. Oh yes, Bearden is an African-American artist; to mention that is both essential (his art constitutes one of the great chronicles of African-American life) and irrelevant (artistically the competition runs to Giotto, Cézanne, and Japanese prints).

Sept. 14–Jan. 4; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Feb. 7, 2004–May 16, 2004; Dallas Museum of Art, June 20, 2004–Sept. 12, 2004; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Oct. 14, 2004–Jan. 9, 2005; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Jan. 29, 2005–Apr. 24, 2005.