Happy Birthday to Romare Bearden, born today in 1911!
Sharp, black outlines and geometric flashes of color punctuate a stark white background in Romare Bearden’s Some Drink! Some Drink!. One of his early ventures away from representational social realist painting to abstraction, Bearden uses ambiguous shapes, forming a whirl of color, line, and figures.
The subject, one of a series of paintings by Bearden, comes from the stories of French writer François Rabelais. During this period of his career, Bearden frequently drew inspiration from such diverse sources as the Bible, literature, Old Master painting, and cubism. Bearden’s early works were realistically painted urban scenes, but after World War II, he began experimenting with abstraction. The shift from realism to abstraction was natural for Bearden who emphasized the creative process and energy of art more than realism as a means to express his ideas.
Romare Bearden, Some Drink! Some Drink!, 1946, oil on masonite, Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1969.
We are thrilled to announce a gift of approximately 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from The University of Texas at Austin alumni Judy and Charles Tate. In addition, the Tates have made a major contribution towards the endowment that supports the museum’s Latin American curatorship. Artists in the collection include Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, Armando Reverón, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Xul Solar, and Joaquín Torres-García, among others.
The Blanton will present a selection of approximately 70 works from the collection in an exhibition entitled La línea continua, opening September 20. To learn more, visit http://blantonmuseum.org/tategift
i took this photo at the blanton museum in Austin, the lovely lady is my girlfriend. i love the walls, looks like a petrified ocean.
Pro tip: Stacked Waters is the best backdrop to take photos in front of.
One of our most-Instagrammed artworks is Cildo Meireles’ “How to Build Cathedrals,” sometimes affectionately referred to as the “penny room.” On #InstaMuseum day, we want to know: how are we doing? What would you like to see more of? Less of? We welcome any and all feedback! #blantonmuseum (at The Blanton Museum of Art)