Biografie von Beauford DELANEY (1901-1979)

Birth place: Knoxville, TN

Death place: Paris, France

Addresses: Knoxville, TN, through 1923; Boston, 1923-29; NYC, 1929-53; France, 1953-79

Profession: Painter

Studied: with Lloyd Branson, 1916-23; Copley School, South Boston School of Art, Lowell Inst., private study with Lloyd Branson, Knoxville, 1916-23; Copley School, South Boston Sch. of Art, Lowell Inst., Boston, ca.1923-29; ASL, with John Sloan and Thomas Hart Benton, 1930; Augusta Savage Studio, NYC, 1930-35.

Exhibited: NY Pub. Lib., (solos, 1930, 1932); Whitney Studio Galleries, NYC, 1930; Harmon Foundation Exh. of Black Artists Work, 1934, 1935; Independent Artists, NYC, 1934; Washington Square Outdoor Exh., NYC, 1934, 1938, 1944; Eighth Street Playhouse, NYC (solo 1938); Gallery C, Washington, DC (solo, 1938); Art of the American Negro," at Tanner Galleries, Chicago, IL, and LOC, 1940; S.Indp.A., 1934; Vendome Galleries, NYC, 1941 (solo); Downtown Gallery, NYC, 1941; McMillen Gallery, NYC, 1941; BMA, 1944; Inst. of Modern Art, Boston, 1944; Newark, NJ Mus., 1944; Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, PA, 1947; Artists Gallery, NYC, 1948; Village Art Center, NYC, 1948, 1949; Roko Gallery, NYC, 1949-53; WMAA, 1950; PAFA, 1952; Musée d'Art Moderne, 1954; Musée des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1954; Galerie Arnaud, Paris, 1956; Galerie Faccetti, Bordhighera, Italy, 1960; American Artists Center, Paris, 1962; CI,1962; American Cultural Center, Paris, 1966, 1967; Galerie Lambert, Paris, 1964; Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD, (solo 1967); Studio Mus. in Harlem, NYC, 1970 (solo), 1978 (retrospective); Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris, 1973, 1992; Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC, 1991. Awards: Fellow-in-residence, Yaddo Art Colony, NY, 1950, 1950; Fairfield Fnd. Grant, 1964; Artist Grant, Natl. Council on the Arts, 1968"

Member: Harlem Artists Guild, Vanguard Club, Artists Union, all NYC.

Work: AIC; Beck Cultural Center, Knoxville, TN; Clark-Atlanta Univ.; CGA; Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD; NMAA; Newark, NJ, Mus.; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC; Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; WMAA; priv. colls.

Comments: Preferred media: oil, charcoal, mixed media, watercolor, pastel. Assisted Charles Alston on mural Negroes in Medicine" for Harlem Hospital (WPA project, 1936). His brother Joseph Delaney was also an artist.

Sources: Bearden and Henderson, A History of African-American Artists; Richard J. Powell, Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1997); Driskell, Hidden Heritage, 59-60 (repro, fig. 46); Beauford Delaney (exh. cat., Paris: Galerie Lambert, 1964); Beauford Delaney (exh. cat., Paris: Galerie Darthea Speyer, 1992; Beauford Delaney: A Retrospective (exh. cat., New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 1978); Falk, Exh. Record Series; info. and citations courtesy Jacqueline Francis, New Haven, CT. "

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