Visit the Romare Beardon exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art

January 31, 2012 by  

The exhibit Romare Beardon: Southern Recollections will be showing at the Tampa Museum of Art until May 6. This travelling exhibit presents 80 works of the well-known artist from private and public collections.

Romare Beardon, who died in 1988, has been described as one of the “most important African-American artists who worked in the United States during the 20th century”. In 1987 he was awarded the National Medal of Art by President Ronald Reagan.

Beardon is known for his mastery of the collage genre of art and his works have been described as “visual metaphors”. He used the southern United States as his greatest source of inspiration.

The artist got many of the parts of his collages from magazines, newspapers, and most likely advertising copy. This is not that rare; both artists and advertisers have been influenced by the work of each other throughout the ages. Printing companies in Tampa and other areas of the world often work closely with artists to create marketing copy that sells. Also, artists often find inspiration from viewing marketing copy. Collage was first recognized as a legitimate art genre in 1912 when Pablo Picasso used it on his “Still Life with Chair Caning”.

The Dada artist Hannah Hoch, for example, used to glue bits of photographs and advertisements, as did others of the same movement. This shows that there was, and still remains, a relationship between artists and advertisers that is undeniable; both influence each other at different times in that relationship.