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Bearden, Romare (Ritual Bayou Series)



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ROMARE BEARDEN (1911-1988)
"Ritual Bayou Series", 1971    
Photolithographic collage on wood panel
17 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches (45.1 x 54 cm)
FRAMED: 18 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches (46.4 x 56.5 cm)
Signed upper left  edition 25/75
Provenance De-accessioned from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

From Romare Bearden's brief experimentation with editioned collages in the early 1970s. Each was made from photo-lithographs printed from collages Bearden had shown in the 1971 Musem of Modern Art, New York, exhibition, Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual and the 1975 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, exhibition, Mysteries: Women in the Art of Romare Bearden.

However, it is not known, and very unlikely, that Bearden completed the intended edition of 75--it was an overwhelming project to match and collage the prints. Mary Lee Corlett in From Process to Print Graphic Works by Romare Bearden describes the overly ambitious production commissioned by Sam Shore, owner of Shorewood Atelier, New York.


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