Bearden 100

#26 Evening 9-10, 461 Lenox Avenuen - 1964
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Gaetano LaRoche

Evening 9-10, 461 Lenox Avenuen - 1964

I am honored to participate in The Bearden 100.  Bearden has contributed to my life as an artist through both the works and his life lived.  The complexity of his collages have awed me and the intervening service he gave to others as a social worker make clear to me that an artist can care, can care about others and his work.

"Evening 9-10, 461 Lenox Avenue - 1964" is one of the many Romare Bearden collage that I would discuss with NYC high school students when I presented his work to them as their art teacher.  We spoke of it on so many levels.  I would ask my students to consider what was importance to him based upon the collage.  I would ask them to consider how it was made and how it could have been made.  We would look all around at the reproduction of the collage and point out to others in the class what we saw, some image, some way of making, that awed us.  It gave a richness to our lives, the students schooling, my time with them.

Gaetano LaRoche

New York, NY

Vermont Pastoral, oil, graphite, and ink on unstretched linen, 57 x 81 inches, 2006.

Gaetano LaRoche, has work in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress and Columbia University.  He received a Pollock-Krasner grant for his paintings and drawings in 1999.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union and holds a masters degree in art education from Rhode Island College.

Upcoming exhibitions of his work include:  "Painting as an Art:  Gaetano LaRoche" at The Plymouth State University, NH; "In(side) Joke" at the Augusta Savage Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a two person exhibition with Jarrod Beck at The Mimosa Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Gottesman Library of Columbia University exhibited his drawings this past spring and The Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA exhibited more than twenty five of his paintings, drawings, and prints in the summer of 2008 and The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in NYC showed a group of his paintings in their chapel in 2007.  The literary arts magazine Lilies and Cannonballs Review has published his drawings and prints regularly and he has exhibited at Space B Gallery in NYC.

He has taught children and teens for many years in New York City and Wisconsin.

My paintings are about color, movement, beauty, and natures light.  They reflect my interest in spaces real and imagined and show my reverence for the work of others.