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Rico Gatson
b. 1966, Augusta, Georgia
Lives and works in New York, New York

My interest in the work of Romare Bearden stems from his chronicling and celebration of black culture. He was one of the first artists that I was exposed to as a student, and his work has had a profound effect on mine. Its cultural, social, political and historic impact cannot be denied. For The Bearden Project, I wanted to create a work that focuses on the cultural and the celebratory aspects of his work. I always loved how he used jazz as a source of inspiration, in works such as Jammin’ at the Savoy (1980). My contribution, Dizzy (2012), is consistent with a series of collages I made that celebrate important figures in black culture, and is inspired by the color and energy embodied in Bearden’s powerful work.

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