Freedom Place Collection
Presented by Zenith Community Arts
Never Before Seen in Washington
Romare Bearden Benny Andrews
Alma Thomas Richard Yarde
September 6 – 30, 2007
at Zenith Gallery
of the Red Bird” by Romare Bearden
Friday, September 14, 6 –9pm
This exhibition gives
you a rare opportunity to enjoy oils, watercolors and collages, never before
shown in Washington, by five of our country’s most distinguished artists
whose styles and motifs vary, but whose ties are steeped in the
African-American experience that has inspired, nurtured and enriched their
One of America’s
pre-eminent artists, Romare Bearden (1912-1988) was a draftsman,
painter, water-colorist and, most notably, a collagist. Born in North
Carolina, and raised in Pittsburgh and New York’s Harlem, Bearden worked in
various styles, including cartoon and drawing, social genre, modernism,
abstract expressionism and photo-collage. The Freedom Place Collection
includes some of Bearden’s most innovative and expressionistic works.
Created between 1970 and 1985, they embody characteristic subjects and
motifs that occupied his imagination over a 40-year period. The
recipient of many
honors, Bearden received the National Medal of Arts in 1987. His works are
in notable public and private collections throughout the United States.
in Georgia as one of 10 children in a sharecropper’s family, told
stories about people, places and things in a style ranging from caricature
to fully realized paintings. His work is exhibited and collected by major
museums here and abroad, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
(b.1946) is much admired for his figurative work depicting well-heeled
African-Americans at sophisticated gatherings, and for his restful
landscapes. The Boston-based artist has exhibited extensively and is widely
collected. His works have been shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts,
the Newport Art Museum, Zenith Gallery and at galleries in New York,
Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and beyond.
(1891-1978) had her first one-woman show at age 68, and went on to have
retrospectives at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of
American Art and the Whitney Museum, where she was the first
African-American woman to have a solo exhibition. Raised in Columbus,
Georgia, she moved to Washington DC at a young age, where she lived for 71
years. She is best-known for her large, mosaic-like canvases, filled with
dense, irregular patterns and bright colors.
The images of the
brilliant watercolorist Richard Yarde (b.1939) range from evocative
to lyrical portrait studies and complex, figurative compositions.
Boston-bred, his works reflect African-American dwellers, as well as famous
black personalities. His paintings are in many prestigious institutions,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
The Freedom Place
was assembled, and is owned, by Washington residents Stuart Marshall Bloch,
chairman of Congressional Bank, and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, who began
collecting the works of African-American artists 35 years ago. The Blochs
and Congressional Bank are sponsoring the ZCAF exhibition.
The Zenith Community
Arts Foundation (ZCAF),
established by Margery
E. Goldberg in 2000, is the non-profit division of Zenith Gallery. Created
to further Goldberg’s vision of artistic and community activism, ZCAF is
committed to arts advocacy, collaboration and using art to benefit
community. Among ZCAF’s most successful projects is its annual Food
Glorious Food calendar with associated Giglée prints.
Tuesday – Friday: 11am to 6 pm, Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday: noon to 5
Address: 413 7th
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