November 19, 2011 11:00 PM

Nelson showcases Romare Bearden’s lively riffs on African-American life

Leading African-American modernist Romare Bearden is best known for his collages, combining cubist fragmentation and angular planes with his love of African art and jazz improvisation. Nowhere is Bearden’s flair for improvisation more evident than in his printmaking, as seen in a new exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, “Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden.”

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