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Saturday, November 21, 2020

To Be Sold

At its December 8, 2020 morning sale of 20th-century modern and contemporary art, Phillips is offering two of Beauford's works as part of its sale of the Royall Collection of Black Contemporary Artists. 

The 1964 self-portrait shown below is one of at least three done by Beauford that year.

Self-portrait
(1964) oil on canvas
Signed, inscribed and dated "BEAUFORD DELANEY, PARIS 1964" on the reverse
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

It was once part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is now in a private collection.
 
The estimated sale price is $30,000 - $40,000.  
 
Street Scene is a vivid example of Beauford's use of the color "yellow."
Street Scene
(1968) Oil on canvas
Signed and dated "BEAUFORD DELANEY 1968" lower right
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator 
 
The estimated sale price for this work is $120,000 - $180,000.
 
Phillips will sell the Royall Collection works on December 7, 2020.

Sothebys in NYC listed a lyrical Beauford Delaney watercolor on paper for sale during its Contemporary Art Day Auction Online on November 18, 2020.

Untitled
Lot 275
(1961) Watercolor on paper
Signed twice, dated 61 twice and variously inscribed
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator 

Because of the inscription "San Telmo Mallorca" at the lower left, we can surmise that Beauford painted this while visiting Spain with his friends the O'Reillys and the Boggses after his suicide attempts in Greece earlier in the summer. 

The lot was withdrawn from sale.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

A View on Self-portraiture

The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has just published an online exhibition entitled Facing Self: The Artist Revealed. The curator has included what is perhaps Beauford's most enigmatic self-portrait in this exhibition.

 
Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
Self Portrait, 1962
oil on canvas
25 1/2" x 21 1/4" x 3/4", signed 
© Estate of Beauford Delaney; Private Collection
Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC,  New York , NY

The introduction to the exhibition consists of an extensive quote by artist Pat Steir, which, to me, perfectly describes Beauford's journey through self-portraiture. Here are a couple of excerpts of that quote:
Say you draw a picture of your own face. It takes an enormous amount of abstract thinking to get your hand to do what you want it to do. And the result is a visual abstraction made from the tangible reality of your face. So there is a great deal of abstraction involved in that self-image.
All art is figurative, in a certain way. . . But every figure of the self is a disguise. Everything humans make is an attempt to make a mirror. The face in a painting is a mask. It covers a reality that is ultimately ungraspable. . .
With these thoughts in mind, I'm re-posting images of a few of Beauford's self-portraits—including one that will soon be available for purchase at auction. (I'll post more on this next week.)

Self-portrait
(1944) Oil on canvas
Art Institute of Chicago
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

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

Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color
Catalog cover

Self-portrait
(1964) Oil on canvas
Royall Collection
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Beauford at Phillips Auction House

Two Beauford Delaney works from the Royall Collection will be offered at auction during Phillips' December 7, 2020 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

The late William Royall and his wife, accumulated numerous works by African American artists, including Amy Sherald and Mickalene Thomas. Thirty-three (33) pieces from their collection will be auctioned next month.

I plan to publish images and details about the Beauford Delaney works for sale in a future blog post.

Today, I'm (re)sharing images of works by Beauford that Phillips has sold in the past. Just two years ago, they offered three of Beauford's abstracts - two oils and one gouache on paper - for purchase at two auctions.

In the 26 September 2018 sale, the gouache on paper sold for $15,000 (highest estimated price - $12,000).

Untitled
Signed, inscribed and dated "Beauford Delaney Mallorca 1961" lower right
(1961) gouache on paper
25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (64.8 x 49.5 cm.)
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

The yellow oil painting sold for $150,000 (highest estimated price - $30,000).

Untitled
Signed, inscribed and dated "Beauford Delaney Paris 1965 midday" on the reverse
(1965) Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 21 in. (64.8 x 53.3 cm.)
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

In the 14 November 2018 sale, a second yellow oil painting sold for $118,750 (highest estimated price - $30,000).

Untitled
(1967) Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 18 in. (55.2 x 45.7 cm.)
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Stay tuned for further news about the 7 December 2020 sale.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Beauford on the Web

Today I'm sharing links to three Internet articles / posts about Beauford that I think you'll enjoy. Click on the links at the end of the brief descriptions below to access the articles.

Oh Freedom! Beauford Delaney

"Oh Freedom!" is "an interdisciplinary resource that helps K–12 teachers and students discover the history, influence, and legacy of the Civil Rights movement by exploring more than three dozen artworks from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture." The Smithsonian has included Beauford's Can Fire in the Park in the group of works it is using to teach African-American Civil Rights through American Art.

Oh Freedom! Beauford Delaney

Can Fire in the Park
(1946) Oil on canvas
© Estate of Beauford Delaney,
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator

Beauford Delaney

HiSoUR is a nonprofit Web platform for art enthusiasts, whose vision is "Bringing art to life by making people think, feel and be inspired. creating unforgettable art experiences for all, while inspiring positive change locally." It presents clear and succinct review of Beauford's life, using his Can Fire in the Park to illustrate the essay (which is without punctuation).

Beauford Delaney

Covid-19 delays long-planned documentary on Black Abstract Expressionist painter Beauford Delaney

Freelance writer Karen Chernick recently published an article about Beauford's gravesite in Atlas Obscura. Inspired by the conversations we had as part of her research, she decided to write this piece about the full-length documentary, So Splendid a Journey, for which the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to delayed production.

Covid-19 delays long-planned documentary on Black Abstract Expressionist painter Beauford Delaney

If you'd like to give to support So Splendid a Journey, click on the link beneath the image below.

Beauford Delaney: So Splendid a Journey