Romare Bearden, the 20th Century master of collages capturing the African American experience, has long been a popular artist. Now everyone can have a tiny bit of his expressive art with a new series of stamps to be issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service announced Tuesday the stamps will be available September 28.
Bearden was active for more than 50 years, spanning from the Harlem Renaissance to the Pop Art movement and beyond. He was a master in the complicated collage form of catching the rhythms and mannerisms of street scenes, ordinary tasks and the jazz life. He died in 1988.
His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2003 and 2004 the National Gallery of Art had a comprehensive exhibition on his work.
He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987.