Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Self-portrait

Beauford painted the self-portrait below in December 1972.

Self-portrait
(1972) Gouache on paper
Collection of David A. Leeming
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Though he had promised his family in Knoxville, TN that he would come home for the holidays that year, he stopped communicating with them and went to James Baldwin's home at Saint-Paul de Vence instead. His mental state was somewhat precarious at the time, and as biographer David A. Leeming states in Amazing Grace: A Life of Beauford Delaney, this can be seen in Beauford's countenance in the painting. His neighborhood in Paris was undergoing massive urban renewal and he was having an increasingly difficult time coping with the change and the knowledge that he would soon need to move.

Yet his visit to Saint-Paul soothed him, and he wrote to his family to tell them he was well. When he returned to Paris, he began to prepare for a solo exposition to be held in March 1973 at the Darthea Speyer Gallery.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Second Plaque for Beauford - Update

Good news!

Les Amis has received approval from the City of Paris for the installation of a second plaque honoring Beauford in the 14th arrondissement. It will be mounted on the façade of the Hotel M at 20 bis, rue de la Gaîte.

Le M Hôtel
Image from Le M Hôtel Web site

Beauford frequently took meals with friends at a restaurant called Les Mille Colonnes that was once located at this address.

In April 2014, the City of Paris approved the mounting of a plaque at the Odessa Hotel, which is only a couple of blocks away.

Hôtel Odessa
© Discover Paris!

Beauford stayed at the Odessa when he first arrived in Paris in 1953.

Stay tuned for updates on the fabrication of the plaques and the installation ceremony!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Beauford at Art Basel Miami Beach - December 4-7, 2014

No fewer than ten (10) Beauford Delaney paintings are being presented by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at this year's Art Basel Miami Beach exposition!

Here are images of a couple of the works that are displayed:

Untitled
(1958) Gouache on paper
25 1/2" x 19 5/8"
signed and dated lower right: Beauford Delaney 58
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Untitled
(1959) Gouache on paper
25" x 19 5/8"
signed and dated lower center: Beauford Delaney 59
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Art Basel is recognized as the premier international art show, providing a platform for artists and gallerists from around the world. Three annual shows bring the art world together in some of the world's most exciting venues: Basel, in the heart of Europe; Miami Beach at the nexus of North and South America; and Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia.

To view all of the Delaney paintings exposed by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, click HERE.

Visit the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach at Booth K4. Hours: Saturday, December 6, Noon - 8 PM; Sunday, December 7, Noon - 6 PM.

For information about the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, visit MichaelRosenfeldArt.com.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Live from Paris! The Art and Life of Beauford Delaney

I recently had the great pleasure of being interviewed by my friend Tim Paulson, marketing master, art lover, and artist, about Beauford.

I introduced Tim to Beauford's art in 2010 and told him that one of Beauford's self-portraits hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago. When Tim visited the museum and saw the painting, he was so captivated that he took several detailed photos of it and shared them with me for the blog:

Beauford at the Art Institute of Chicago

Detail of Beauford's 1944 Self-portrait
Art Institute of Chicago - Gallery 262
Image courtesy of Tim Paulson
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Tim is a brilliantly inspired artist in his own right and he has begun to explore his love of art in a new way by creating the Art Lovers Podcast. Soon after launching the podcast, he contacted me to ask if I'd be willing to record a segment about Beauford. Of course I couldn't refuse!

Listen to our interview entitled "Live from Paris! The Art and Life of Beauford Delaney" (dated November 3, 2014) on ITunes at the following link (there's no charge):


The Art Lovers Podcast