Knoxville Museum of Art to exhibit works of famous gay artist


By Michael Wilhoit

KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Museum of Art proudly announces the upcoming exhibition of the works of gay African-American artist Beauford Delaney.

Born in Knoxville in 1901, Delaney migrated North to Boston and New York City where he painted scenes of the urban landscape. From that period, Delaney created works that captured not only the city, but also his personal vision of equality, love and respect of all people.

Upon moving to Paris in 1953, where Delaney lived until his death in 1979, his works became more abstract.

An abstract portrait of James Baldwin entitled, "The Sage Black," dissolves the boundaries between American Abstract Expressionism and America Portraiture. Also included in the exhibit is an earlier portrait of a younger James Baldwin entitled, "Dark Rapture." In addition, the exhibition includes a 1941 caricature of Delaney by lifelong friend and New York Times illustrator Al Hirshfield and photographs of the artist.

An illustrated catalogue distributed by the University of Washington Press is available in the KMA gift shop for $35. The catalogue includes personal recollections of Delaney by nationally renowned critic Henry Louis Gates, JR.

Opening reception will be on April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are free with a $5.00 general admission or a museum membership.

In Knoxville , the exhibition is presented by AmSouth Bank. The Frank and Virginia Rogers Foundation also provides generous support. Additional local sponsors include WBIR, WEST 105.3, Metro Pulse, digital media graphix and Low + Tritt.

The exhibition will run from April 7 through June 26 at the Knoxville Museum of Art, located at 1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr . For more information, call (865) 525-6101 or visit