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The 100 best paintings in New York: Studio Museum in Harlem

Discover which of the 100 best paintings in New York can be found at the Studio Museum in Harlem

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Prelude to Farewell (1981), Romare Bearden
Photograph: Gift of Altria Group; Inc./Studio Museum

Prelude to Farewell (1981), Romare Bearden

Rank: 92

Bearden’s collages blend elements of Dadaist photomontage with the planes of Cubism, iconography from Southern American folk art and African traditions, not to mention the energy of jazz and city life. A cultural commenter as well as an artist, he created a new, symbol-laden language for depicting black life in 20th-century America.—Heather Corcoran

Photograph: Gift of Altria Group; Inc./Studio Museum

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