Bearden 100

#6 Early Morning
By Romare Bearden


Selected by Dread Scott

Early Morning - 1964, Collage Mixed-Media

Bearden explored the range and complexity of life and he paid particular attention to the lives of Black people in America. I like Early Morning, 1964 because the collage is both enigmatic and evocative. The figure in the foreground is very serious and determined as he sits, fork in hand, for what appears to be a too small breakfast. The relation with the two other figures is unclear, but there seems to be a weight on all of them. Formally, I really like the half figure in the background. Bearden’s use of edges and corners of a frame expands the focus beyond a simple narrative about the central foreground figure.

Dread Scott

Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

"...Or Does it Explode?", 2009 16 x 28 x 1 feet, Duratrans, Lightboxes, spoken word audio

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward.  In 1989 his work became the center of controversy over its use of the American flag while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA. His art has frequently been part of public dialogue. The 2006 Whitney Biennial included his art in the Down by Law section. His work was featured in a survey at MoCADA and included in shows at MoMA PS1 and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. He has received a Creative Capital Foundation grant, fellowships from NYFA and was a resident at Art Omi.