African-American artist Romare Bearden’s “Lamp-Brown V” pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of the landmark case Brown V. Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court officially ended public school segregation. Known for exceptional artistic diversity and trademark collages, Bearden (1911 – 1988) powerfully commented on social issues through his art. A highly respected humanitarian, Bearden was a social worker for three decades. He dedicated himself to lifelong support of young artists and belonged to many distinguished minority advocacy groups.
Exceptional African-American collage artist Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988) strove to cross all cultural boundaries in unique works influenced by Cubism. Bearden was profoundly influenced by Harlem’s flourishing jazz scene, and his jubilant works reflect the music’s improvisational style. Expressing themes of ritual, music and family in his artwork, Bearden was also a gifted writer, songwriter, book illustrator, theater designer and humanitarian. Creating an astonishing 2,000 works in his lifetime, Bearden is considered one of the most prominent African-American artists of 20th century.