The Asheville Art Museum unveils the “Romare Bearden: Ways of Working” exhibit

Explore the work of the influential modern artist at the Asheville Art Museum’s newest display.


Romare Bearden, Lullaby at Birdland, circa 1980, monotype, 35 ¼ × 47 ⅛, framed. Jerald Melberg Gallery.

Photo via © The Romare Bearden Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Asheville Art Museum’s latest exhibit, “Romare Bearden: Ways of Working,” opens today, Wednesday, Aug. 9. The Charlotte-born African-American artist, author, and songwriter is best known for his rich + detailed collage work.

The exhibit will feature some of his most frequently used mediums, including screen-printing, lithography, and hand-colored etching. Take a close look at his art, and it may appeal to not just your eyes but to your ears too. Romare was deeply influenced by jazz, not only creating paintings depicting jazz stars but taking inspiration from the genre by using rhythm and improvisation throughout his work.

See his works in the Van Winkle Law Firm Gallery through Jan. 22, 2024. Members of the museum are invited to attend the opening reception, Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., complete with jazz and blues tunes, a silent film about Romare Bearden, and drinks available for purchase.

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