Bearden 100

#15 Mysteries I
By Romare Bearden


Selected by John Ahearn

Mysteries I - 1964

We now know that Romare Bearden is our classic "old master". He saw and understood everything in art and life. In his "Mysteries 1", we see contemporary Black experience and we feel the timeless accumulation of the past.

John Ahearn

Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

Kimberly, 2003-2005, Acrylic on plaster, 17.5” x 12.5” x 7”, Photo: Bill Orcutt

John Ahearn was born in Binghamton, New York in 1951 and lives and works in New York City. He was a founding member of Collaborative Projects, Inc. and co-organizer of the “Times Square Show,” 1980. John Ahearn’s work alongside that of his long-time collaborator, Rigoberto Torres was the subject of a survey exhibition, “South Bronx Hall of Fame,” organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Houston in 1991 which traveled to museums in Europe and North America. In the 1980s and 1990s the artists executed several outdoor murals in the Bronx, New York and collaborated on public projects and exhibitions in Europe and North America. Between 2000-2002 John Ahearn completed a public project in Pan Chiao, Taiwan and between 2005-06 Ahearn and Torres collaborated on two large scale wall murals at the Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Brazil. Both artists continue to cast from life in their neighborhoods and in other parts of the world.