The art of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) is featured on a set of FOREVER stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
Bearden, a 1935 graduate of NYU’s School of Education, broke social and artistic barriers with his painting, and is best known for collages that use African American culture to explore the complexities of history, music, family, home, women, and the modern condition.
Bearden’s monumental cityscape, The Block, was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and his art is in the permanent collections of museums across the country. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987 by then President Reagan.
Four collages by Bearden appear on the stamp sheet. They are (from left to right), Conjunction, Odysseus: Posedon, The Sea God – Enemy of Odysseus, Prevalence of Ritual: Conjur Woman, and Falling Star.