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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Three Exquisite Delaneys Hang at the MRG Exposition Beyond the Spectrum

The current exposition at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Manhattan - Beyond the Spectrum - features numerous paintings and sculptures by African-American artists who produce(d) abstract œuvre. Because Rosenfeld is an avid and longstanding promoter of Beauford's work, it is not surprising that Beauford's paintings figure among those presented at this show.

The following three Delaney paintings hang in the exposition alongside works by Hale Woodruff, Alma Thomas, Charles Alston, and other artists:

Untitled [MR153], c.1954
oil on canvas
59 x 23 1/4 inches, signed
Private Collection; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Untitled [MR50], c.1961
oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 51 inches
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Untitled [MR172], 1965
oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches, signed and dated
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

In the context of Beyond the Spectrum, Rosenfeld granted an exclusive video interview to galleryIntell on the subject of African-American abstract art and the artists who chose this genre of expression for their work.

Michael Rosenfeld interview with galleryIntell
Screenshot printed with the permission of galleryIntell

In Part 1 of the interview, he differentiates the path of artists like Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, who painted to explore and celebrate the "black experience," with those who chose to paint abstractly.

In Part 2, he talks specifically about Beauford, mentioning the influence of Monet's Water Lily paintings on the profound importance of light in Beauford's art.

Part 3 of the interview will be released in the near future. For more information, visit http://www.galleryintell.com/category/galleries/new-york/.

Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950-1975 runs through March 8, 2014.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 Eleventh Avenue @ 19th
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212.247.0082
Fax: 212.247.0402
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Delaney Painting on Display at Point of View Exposition in Detroit

Point of View is the title for the exposition of masterworks by modern African-American artists that is currently on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. A sister exposition of contemporary works is on display at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan. Both shows feature pieces from the splendid African-American and African-Diaspora art collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry.

As reported by Les Amis last October, an untitled painting by Beauford is part of this special exposition:

Untitled
(1964) Oil on canvas
25 x 21 inches
Collection of Elliot & Kimberly Perry
Image by Ashley Phifer
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

At the request of Ashley Phifer, Assistant Curator at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), Elliot Perry posed for a photo (destined exclusively for the Les Amis blog) in which he stands next to the painting.

Elliot Perry and Untitled by Beauford Delaney
Image courtesy of Ashley Phifer

Thank you, Mr. Perry!

Ms. Phifer told Les Amis that the Charles H. Wright hasn't had a formal opening for the exposition yet. She says "it is in the works." In contrast, the FIA had its opening on January 25th with over 400 people in attendance. Phifer says that both museums have been drawing great numbers for attendance, "especially since the show works well with African-American History Month."

From the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Web site:

Elliot Perry, a former professional basketball player and Memphis native, started to collect mid-to late 20th century African American art with his wife Kimberly in 1996. Perry has said that his passion for art now rivals his love for basketball. He credits Walter Evans and Darrell Walker with inspiring him to become a collector. For each of these men, collecting works of art is more than just accumulating random pieces; their objective is focused on preserving slices of African American history and culture through the arts.

The exposition at the Wright Museum will be on display through April 20. The exhibition is free with museum admission. Upon providing proof of purchase of an entry ticket, those who attend either the Detroit or Flint exposition are entitled to admission at the partner institution during the exhibition period. For more information call (313) 494-5800.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

BEAUFORD DELANEY: One Voice (1954-1974)

Beauford Delaney used his brush to add his voice to the fight for civil rights.

Even when he resided in France during the later years of his life, he remained connected to his home - America, and the plight of his family and friends fighting for equality.

His relationship with James Baldwin, friendship with Marian Anderson, and a steady stream of newspaper clippings and letters from abroad closed the distance of an ocean and inspired him to paint his Rosa Parks series. Two Woman Sitting on a Park Bench is one of only three paintings in this important series.

Two Woman Sitting on a Park Bench, nd
Oil on canvas
21 x 25.5 inches
Estate stamped
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Levis Fine Art is proud to present this important painting and other fine works from the estate of Beauford Delaney.

Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 1, 2014

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm or by appointment.

Contact: James Levis
Levis Fine Art
514 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
(646) 620-5000
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Beauford's Art: The Tricoire Collection - Part 3

Here are two additional gems in the Tricoire brothers' collection of Beauford Delaney paintings!

This one is owned by Robert:

Untitled
(1962) Aquarelle on paper
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator
Photo courtesy of Robert Tricoire

And this one is owned by Jacques:

Untitled
(1970) Oil on canvas
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator
Photo courtesy of Robert Tricoire

If any additional information about the collection becomes available, I will bring it to you here on the blog.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of Beauford's Art: The Tricoire Collection by clicking on the links below:

Beauford's Art: The Tricoire Collection - Part 1

Beauford's Art: The Tricoire Collection - Part 2