Romare Bearden Prevalence of Ritual/Conjur Woman No. 1 1964

  • Not on view

In 1964, after three decades of living and working in Harlem, Bearden took up collage, cutting and combining found images and photographs to achieve new combinations defined by their fragmentation, texture, and layered depth. He used this approach to capture the complex facets of Black experience in the United States, often depicting scenes from everyday life in the rural South, which many African Americans left to move to northern cities during the Great Migration (1916–70), and scenes from Harlem. Throughout his career, Bearden reworked his own images in different mediums, including this collage, which is shown alongside a later photo reproduction.

Gallery label from 2022
Gelatin silver print (photostat)
36 5/8 × 28 3/8" (93 × 72.1 cm)
Object number
© Romare Bearden Foundation/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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