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Romare Bearden: The Painter as Improviser

Robert O'Meally

Published: 2008-08-25

VIDEO: Dr. O'Meally discusses the painter Romare Bearden's use of techniques inspired by musical improvisation, and his representation of cities as improvised, communal spaces. TEXT: A course description for Dr. O'Meally's lectures.VIDEO: Dr. O'Meally discusses the painter Romare Bearden's use of techniques inspired by musical improvisation, and his representation of cities as improvised, communal spaces. TEXT: A course description for Dr. O'Meally's lectures.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.