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The Street

A work made of photostat print.
© Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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  • A work made of photostat print.




Romare Bearden
American, 1911-1988

About this artwork

“The Street” is from Romare Bearden’s early “Projections” series, which documents the artist’s childhood in North Carolina and his migration to Harlem. These works began as small collages made with newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and paint, which were then enlarged using the Photostat copy process—which allowed Bearden to create large–scale reproductions on gelatin silver paper. Speaking later of the series, Bearden said, “What I’ve attempted to do is establish a world through art in which the validity of my Negro experience could live and make its own logic… . The medium I used was chosen intentionally because assemblage forges a variety of contrary images into one unified expression.


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Romare Howard Bearden


The Street


United States (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1964


Photostat print


1 of 6


Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on frame, upper center, upside-down, in black ink: 1551 . T ; verso, on frame, upper center, upside-down, in black ink: 2 ; verso, on backboard upper left, in graphite: T [encircled] / The Street / 2 ; verso, on frame, center, upside-down, in graphite: 1551 . T ; verso, on backboard, lower left, sideways, in graphite: 15 [encircled] ; verso, on backboard, lower right, upside-down, in graphite: T [encircled] ; verso, on frame, lower right, in black ink: 1651.T Verso, multiple labels: upper left: A.C.A. Galleries ; upper right (two times): DC Moore Gallery ; center left: "Cordier and Ekstom Inc."; center left: "A.C.A. Galleries ; center left: Council for Creative Projects : center right: Whitney Museum ; lower right: National Galler of Art ; lower right: University of Oklahoma Museum of Art


Image and mount: 78.7 × 101.6 cm (31 × 40 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Artworkers Retirement Society

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© Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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