Sep 15, 2005 - Sale 2049

Sale 2049 - Lot 77

Price Realized: $ 106,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000

Collage of various papers with ink on cardboard, 1965. 159x220 mm; 61/4x83/4 inches. Signed in ink, lower right. Ex-collection the artist and Harry B. Henderson, Croton-on-Hudson. Exhibited in "Memory and Metaphor, The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987", the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, April 14-August 11, 1991; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, September 28-November 10, 1991, with the labels on the frame back. Exhibited in "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000 Part II", the Whitney Museum of American Art, September 26, 1999-February 13, 2000. Exhibited in "A Look at Romare Bearden", the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, May 11-August 4, 2002. Exhibited in "The Art of Romare Bearden", the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 14, 2003-January 4, 2004, with the label on the frame back; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, February 7-May 16, 2004; the Dallas Museum of Art, June 20-September 5, 2004; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 14, 2004-January 9, 2005; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, January 29-April 24, 2005.

Pittsburgh was where Bearden spent his teenage years, living there periodically from 1925 with his maternal grandmother until he graduated in 1929 from Peabody High School. At 16, in the summer of 1927, he worked the night shift at U.S. Steel, and later he wrote about the condition of blacks in the steel industry. The subjects of his grandparents' boardinghouse, the nearby steel mills and workers populate his early collage work. In the early to mid-1960s, Bearden began enlarging his early collages with his photostat "Projections," and returned to figurative work in his paintings.