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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:

(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.

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