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The Olympics: Where Men & Women of all Nations Engage in Pe

Bearden, Romare

The Olympics: Where Men & Women of all Nations Engage in Pe

serigraph on paper, 85/200

1997 Gift of Kennedy Galleries, New York

Romare Bearden began to make collages in the 1960s as a way to define the experiences of African Americans. He created complex scenes that integrated old and new materials inspired by African American stories, religion, jazz and blues music. He was commissioned to create a poster for the 1972 Olympics which were held in Munich, Germany. The serigraph, "The Olympics: Where Men and Women of all Nations Engage in Peaceful Competition" depicts athletes who are not identified by race, nation or gender. Instead, Bearden presents them as representatives of the purpose of the Olympic Games.