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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

Arts Calendar

Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney from the KMA Collection
Beauford Delaney, Knoxville, 1969. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 24 x 15 inches, Knoxville Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Rachael Patterson Young Art Acquisition Reserve

Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney from the KMA Collection

Date(s):  May 05 - July 23, 2017
Venue: Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World's Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37919
www.knoxart.org

KNOXVILLE, TN The Knoxville Museum of Art presents "Gathering Light: Works by Beauford Delaney from the KMA Collection" May 5 through July 23. Gathering Light includes more than 30 of Delaney's paintings and drawings-nearly all of which have never before been on public view — that were purchased from the artist's estate between 2014 and 2016 in what is one of the most significant art acquisition in the KMA's 27-year history. The acquisition and display of these works are part of a larger effort to bring long-overdue attention to Delaney's legacy in his hometown.

Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Despite battling poverty, prejudice and mental illness, he achieved an international reputation for his portraits, scenes of city life and free-form abstractions marked by intense colors, bold contours and vibrant surfaces. The KMA's growing collection serves as a resource for the preservation and celebration of this East Tennessee master's work.

The paintings and drawings were purchased with funds provided by the Rachael Patterson Young Art Acquisition Reserve (part of a major gift from the Aslan Foundation), along with additional support from the KMA Collectors Circle, Brenda and Larry Thompson, and friends of the museum. The KMA also wishes to acknowledge Derek L. Spratley, the executor of the Estate of Beauford Delaney, for making works available for loan and acquisition. Accompanying the works acquired by the KMA are also a small selection of paintings from the artist's estate that the museum hopes to raise funds to purchase.

"We are thrilled to shine a light on one of the world's greatest artists and local hero Beauford Delaney," said KMA Executive Director David Butler. "His legacy has been recognized internationally, but he is less well-known here at home. We hope this exhibition helps to change that."

The museum is holding an opening reception Thursday, May 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.



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