I am so missing my art group.

When KMA re-opened on 1 July, I hurried to secure timed-entry tickets. Though we had visited in the pre-pandemic age, I hadn’t given full attention to the current exhibit: 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 I am missing my art group; Alexandra would have explained everything to me properly.

Delaney’s story is that of the troubled artist, a gay, Christian Black man born in Knoxville and living the cosmopolitan life in 1930’s New York City. In 1940 he befriended the writer James Baldwin; and the two eventually made France their home. Hardly a Pulitzer-worthy effort on my part, I know, so I will just stop writing and share a few snaps that I particularly enjoyed.

Baldwin and Delaney. Paris, 1965

Delaney Self-Portrait, 1962

James Baldwin, the first true portrait  by Delaney.

From his New York period, Greene Street.


Untitled (Jazz Band)

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

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