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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beauford at MRG - It's Not Your Nature

The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery's summer exhibition entitled It's Not Your Nature features 25 artists. Two magnificent works by Beauford are included in the show.

Untitled (Trees) is from Beauford's New York period. Dated circa 1945, it comes from a time when Beauford created many cityscapes at his Greene Street studio.

Untitled (Trees)
(c. 1945) Oil on canvas
29 1/8" x 23 1/8", signed
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator
Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

Untitled (Abstraction #7), dated 1964, is from Beauford's Paris years. He was living at his rue Vercingétorix studio when he painted this work.

Untitled (Abstraction #7)
(1964) Oil on canvas
51 1/4" x 38 1/4", signed and dated
© Estate of Beauford Delaney
by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire,
Court Appointed Administrator
Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

1964 was the year that Beauford had a one-man show at the Galerie Lambert. Biographer David A. Leeming says that he worked "both on portraits and abstractions dominated by his favorite yellow." Leeming also says that a yellow abstraction displayed during a group show at the Galerie Internationale d'Art Contemporaine during the spring of the year was praised as "an emanation of the sun in which one finds all seasons but winter, and light is filtered through the painter's tone and touch."

Untitled (Abstraction #7) may well be one of the paintings described above.

It's Not Your Nature runs through August 5 2016.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC
100 Eleventh Avenue @ 19th
New York, NY 10011
(212) 247-0082

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