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Village Square

1969 Romare Bearden Born: Charlotte, North Carolina 1911 Died: New York, New York 1988 collage on paperboard 23 3/4 x 19 7/8 in. (60.3 x 50.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Edith S. and Arthur J. Levin 2005.5.4 Not currently on view

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In genre scenes, landscapes, and jazz and blues images of the 1960s, Bearden transformed contemporary and recollected moments, people, and places into archetypes that transcend generation and culture. Village Square, which is populated by a woman with a shopping basket, a child holding a treasured object, and a street musician, is both nowhere and everywhere. The face of the musician is simultaneously real and mask-like, reinforcing the understanding that he is a contemporary figure whose cultural roots lie in Africa.

Modern Masters: Midcentury Abstraction from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2008


Architecture Exterior

Cityscape - town

Ethnic - African-American

Performing arts - music - guitar