Bearden 100

#1 The Block II
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Derrick Adams

The Block II - 1972, Collage Mixed-Media

“The work of Romare Bearden is a testament to his commitment to capturing the vibrancy and complexity of African American life.  His life as visual artist was spent constructing elaborate narratives based on concepts that reference our entangled history through the juxtaposition of source material.  Infused with a painterly landscape of colors, sophisticated patterns and the black image, his work establishes context and brings forth emotion for generations to come.” —Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams

Multidisciplinary Artist
Brooklyn, NY

KING 2010. Faux brick paneling, tempera paint, spray paint, glitter and leather jacket. 24 inches x 28 inches

Derrick Adams’ work combines a variety of media to highlight the performative and often duplicitous identities of urban objects, iconography, and architecture. The world he creates reflects the relationship between man and monument – coexisting in the landscape as representations of each other. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Adams received his MFA from Columbia University. Adams has taught Maryland Institute College Art and was the founding director of Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea. He has exhibited at PERFORMA 05, The Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Greater New York PS1/MoMA, Jack Tilton Gallery, NY , Participant Inc, Ny, and Collette Blanchard Gallery, NY. His awards and residencies include the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in New York, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine, and the Agnes Martin Fellowship and most recently The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.