Bearden 100

#12 Jackie At Bedtime
By Romare Bearden


Selected by Vladimir Cybil Charlier

Jackie At Bedtime, 1960

I am interested in the way the figure is framed in a rectangle that is set apart from the rest of the composition, which depicts a row of loosely rendered buildings. Symbolically, the woman's body (presumably Jackie) becomes another building. As in many of his works, in "Jackie at Bedtime" Bearden evokes a range of art-historical references ranging from traditional caryatids, the idealized and sexualized female body and to Louise Bourgeois' early series "Femme-Maison." The piece also has the feel of a number of romanticized, primitivist pieces--Rousseau,Gauguin and Hector Hyppolite come to mind.

Vladimir Cybil Charlier

Visual Artist
New York, NY

"Dreammaker I" - 2006, 3' X 9', Acrylic, sequins and beads on paper

Vladimir Cybil was born in 1967 in Queens, New York. She attended primary and secondary school in Haiti and spent her summers in New York City where she has been living since 1986. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Queens College in 1991 and, in 1993, she received her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

Prior to her 1997 residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem, she attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2003 she represented Haiti at the Bienal del Caribe in the Dominican Republic and the Cuenca Bienial in Ecuador. She has shown her work in many Caribbean and Latin American venues as well as in Europe. Cybil has been sharing her time between New York City and upstate New York since 2001.