New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1972. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's blue buckram cloth, spine and upper board stamped in silver, teal endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"When I conjure these memories, they are of the present to me, because after all, the artist is a kind of enchanter in time." First edition monograph on the work of Black art pioneer Romare Bearden. Regarded as one of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, Bearden took an early interest in art as a child and enrolled in art education classes throughout high school and university, including courses with German-born artist George Grosz at the Art Students League at Boston University. In the mid-1930s, Bearden was employed by the New York City Department of Social Services, allowing him to work on his paintings during weekends and evenings. In 1940, he had his first solo exhibition in Harlem in 1940 and in 1944, his first solo show at a major mainstream gallery. In the late 50s and early 60s, at the height of Abstract Expressionism, he began to work in photomontage and collage. This would end up becoming the most important period of his career and that which established him as a prominent contemporary artist. This monograph, the first on Bearden, includes drawings, paintings, and collages from 1940 to the date of publication, with text by Philadelphia-based Black artist and Bearden’s protégé McCleary "Bunch" Washington, and an introduction by author John A. Williams. Lavishly illustrated with large-format color and black-and-white plates, several folding; with biographical outline, exhibition checklist, and selected bibliography. Minor wear to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #6196