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Romare Bearden’s ‘The Block’ and Related Drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988), "The Block", detail, 1971. Cut & pasted printed, colored and metallic papers, photostats, pencil, ink marker, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Masonite, 48 x 216 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Shore, 1978 © Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York , NY.

NEW YORK, NY.- Romare Bearden’s vibrant mural-size tableau The
Block (1971) and related sketches and photographs will be featured at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning January 15, 2010
, in a small
installation of works from the collection. The Block, an ambitious 18-foot-long
collage, celebrates the Harlem neighborhood in New York City that nurtured and
inspired so much of the artist’s life and work. On view through Spring,