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Beauford Delaney at KnoxArt – Repatriate Games Expat

I miss my art group so much.

When KMA reopened on July 1, I hurried to secure timed tickets. Although we had visited before the pandemic, I had not paid full attention to the current exhibition: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin through the unusual door. The genre is American Harlem Renaissance and is new to me, hence one of the reasons why I miss my art group; Alexandra would have explained everything to me correctly.

Delaney’s story is about the troubled artist, a gay, Christian black man who was born in Knoxville and lived a cosmopolitan life in New York City in the 1930s. In 1940 he became friends with the writer James Baldwin; and the two finally made France their home. I know it’s hardly a Pulitzer-worthy effort on my part, so I’ll just stop writing and share a few snapshots that I particularly liked.

Baldwin and Delaney. Paris, 1965

Delaney Self Portrait, 1962

James Baldwin, the first true portrait of Delaney.

From his time in New York Greene Street.


Untitled (Jazz band)

The French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, where Delaney lived for a while.

And my favorite, his earliest known work Untitled (Knoxville Landscape), 1922.

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