Saturday, September 13, 2014

Richard A. Long collection of Delaney paintings Swann Auction Galleries

On October 9th at 2:30 PM, Swann Auction Galleries is holding an African American Fine Art that features works from the collection of Richard A. Long (1927-2013). Richard was Atticus Haygood Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Emeritus, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for many years. He was a dear friend of Beauford.

Seven Beauford Delaney paintings will be auctioned at the event. Two are abstract compositions and the remaining five are figurative works.

One of the figurative paintings is a pastel portrait of Richard (Lot 14). It was exhibited at the Beauford Delaney retrospective that Richard organized at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1978. It is signed, dated and inscribed "Paris" in ball point pen and ink at the lower left.

Portrait of Richard A. Long
(1965) Color pastels on cream wove paper
660x508 mm; 26x20 inches
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The estimated value of this work is $15000 - $25000.

(Beauford also painted an oil portrait of Richard that is currently on display at the High Museum in Atlanta.)

Kitchen (Lot 17) is a watercolor on thin wove paper. Inscribed "Paris" and dated in ball point pen and blue ink, lower left, it comes to auction directly from the Long estate. Geneviève Brouard, one of Beauford's dear friends, identifies this kitchen as the one from Beauford's studio at rue Vercingétorix.

Kitchen
(1970) Watercolor and pencil on cream wove paper
548x450 mm; 21 5/8x17 3/4 inches
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The estimated value of this work is $6000 - $9000.

Lot 97 is a magnificent, untitled abstract composition, signed in ink and ball point pen at the lower left. It was shown in the exposition entitled An Artistic Friendship: Beauford Delaney and Lawrence Calcagno in 2001 / 2002 and it was originally owned by Calcagno. This painting is from the same period as the diptych shown at the Beauford Delaney: Internal Light exposition at Levis Fine Art in 2013.

Untitled
(1956) Gouache and watercolor on Schollershammer paper
457x305 mm; 18x12 inches
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The estimated value of this work is $8000 - $12000.

To see the other paintings in the online catalog, click here.

For more information, contact Alaina McEachin at .

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beauford Delaney Crossword Puzzle

Imagine my surprise when I Googled Beauford's name the other day and saw that there is a crossword puzzle dedicated to him!

Beauford Delaney Crossword Activity
Logo by Alicia L. McDaniel,
Creator of the Beauford Delaney Crossword Activity

Alicia L. McDaniel is the author of "Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul" at www.artforthecreativesoul.com. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she has a B.S. in Art Education from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Humanities from Central Michigan University. A professional artist, she enjoys expressing her creativity by painting in bright colors and bold patterns.

Alicia has over 15 years of professional teaching experience. She has created "an affordable group of art history lessons, activities and games" that she makes available on her Web site. One of these lessons is the Beauford Delaney Crossword Activity.

Alecia considers this crossword puzzle to be a wonderful way to introduce secondary students (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, Homeschool students) and staff to Beauford's talent:

After learning about Mr. Delaney many years ago, I began to teach students in grades 9-12 about his incredible talent as an artist and interesting journey as an African-American man in the 20th century. His work is inspiring and timeless.

The puzzle comes with a lesson plan, answer key, and activity sheet. Students are instructed to read a biographical paragraph about Beauford and then complete the puzzle.

For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

SS Liberté - Beauford's Transport on His First Trip to Paris

Beauford embarked on his first voyage to France on August 28, 1953, sailing on the French ocean liner SS Liberté. His biographer, David A. Leeming, begins his brief description of the trip in Amazing Grace as follows:

The passage from New York to Le Havre was one of the happiest interludes of Beauford's life. On the French ship he was treated with respect, and had the rare luxury of comfortable quarters, three full meals a day, and a midnight snack. Life had never been so easy for him. ...for once there was no shortage of money.

Beauford on the deck of the SS Liberté
Photo from David Leeming’s Amazing Grace

Elsewhere on the Les Amis blog (Beauford's Ocean Voyage to Paris), I have written about the history of the Liberté and the fact that many African Americans enjoyed sailing on this vessel. What I am pleased to share with you today is a link for a treasure trove of photos of the ship, illustrating numerous first class apartments, the spacious dining room, and other areas:

Pinterest - SS Liberté

While I have no details about Beauford's cabin or the deck on which it was located, the common areas of the ship were certainly open to him. The Liberté was very likely the most luxurious accommodation he ever experienced!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Les Amis Breaks for the Summer

It's summertime!

Beauford's painting Composition 16 (shown below) has all the warmth and glow of a summer day.

Composition 16
(1954-56) Oil on canvas
Private Collection
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator
Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York , NY

We're taking a few weeks off to rest and rejuvenate. We'll be back before September to bring you more great information about Beauford's life and art.

Hope you're enjoying or looking forward to a fabulous vacation!