ANN: New release from the Romare Bearden Papers (Wildenstein Plattner Institute)

The WPI is pleased to announce a new release of materials in The Romare Bearden Papers (1900–2008, bulk 1940–1988). Vital to this initiative is The Romare Bearden Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1990 by the estate of the artist to preserve and perpetuate his legacy. The WPI is honored to partner with the Foundation in helping to shape tomorrow’s art historical discourse. The archives consist of documents and materials collected and maintained by African-American visual artist, writer, and composer, Romare Bearden. 

This new launch of the archives includes three important subseries from the Printed Materials series: Exhibition Catalogues and Announcements; Periodicals and Clippings; and Source Materials. Now accessible to the public on the WPI Digital Archives, this major archival collection is fundamental to the research and development of the forthcoming Romare Bearden Digital Catalogue Raisonné.


July 5th, 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of Spiral. This collective of African American artists was co-founded by Bearden with Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, and Hale Woodruff. The initial gatherings took place at Bearden’s loft at 357 Canal Street. Happening later this month to celebrate the occasion, the Romare Bearden Foundation is hosting a webinar devoted to Spiral as part of its Cinque Artist Program.

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Wildenstein Plattner Institute
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