Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Oppression, religion and art ties at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

By Ashley Mahoney
Romare Bearden's "The Annunciation" (1946) 
CHARLOTTE---Oppression is universal. “Wrestling the Angel: A Century of Artists Reckoning With Religion,” on view at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art through Sept. 9, featuring artists from various eras, backgrounds and religious influences. Three pieces by Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden hang in the exhibition: “The Annunciation” circa 1967, and “The Baptism” circa 1972 and “The Annunciation” circa 1974. His work explores not only the role of Christianity in American society, but the way in which it was forced upon enslaved people brought over from Africa. “It takes on that theme of a stolen or an oppressed people who are given this religion. [More]

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: “Wrestling the Angel: A Century of Artists Reckoning With Religion” (Through Sept. 9, 2018); 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina; (704)353-9200;
Romare Bearden's "The Prevalence of Ritual: Baptism" (1964). Collection: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
"Flamme Vive" (1954) by Alfred Manessier, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris