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Jazz on paper

By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 21, 2009

The graphics section of these two shows has a considerable amount of explanation about the processes that Bearden used to create his prints. Ordinarily I don't think that knowing anything about an artist's process is helpful, but here it's useful. But seeing at the prints in their various states and proofs and the different colors he tried gives a sense of the meticulous care Bearden took with each stage of the work.

In a jazz performance the endless hours of arrangement and preparation are hidden from the audience, as they should be. For this artist, and this show, seeing the pains that Bearden took with his work affirms the sense of the great worth of these pieces.

Ken Greenleaf can be reached atken.greenleaf@gmail.com.

"FROM PROCESS TO PRINT: GRAPHIC WORKS BY ROMARE BEARDEN" "COLLAGES BY ROMARE BEARDEN" |at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick | 207.725.3275

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