Beauford Delaney Exhibit Extended: Register for Free Guided Tours

Beauford Delaney Exhibit Extended: Register for Free Guided Tours

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the roundtable discussion “Muticulturalism in Today’s Art World”
The roundtable discussion “Muticulturalism in Today’s Art World”, photo by Michele Kurlander

There is still a short window in time to see the marvelous exhibit of works by the expat African American artist Beauford Delaney – at no cost – but because of security issues, you must register for one of the few remaining guided tours of the exhibit at Montparnasse’s Reid Hall, which is just off Boulevard Montparnasse (4 rue de Chevreuse 75006) (send en e-mail to [email protected] to register). Available times: Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 am; Thursday, March 10 at 11 am; Monday, March 14 at 3:30 pm. (Learn more about the artist, and this special exhibition, in this article previously published on Bonjour Paris.)

Beauford Delaney was one of the American artists and authors of color who emigrated to Paris during the 1950s where he and his friends – including James Baldwin and Henry Miller – participated in the exciting artistic and intellectual milieu that was Paris during the first part of the last century.

Beauford Delaney catalogue
The exhibition catalogue, photo by Michele Kurlander

The exhibit “Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color” is a very rare opportunity to see these works, most of which have been donated short term by private collectors. Many of the paintings are enhanced by an Augmented Reality application (Blippar.app) you can download for free onto your smart phone from Apple or your android play store. With Blippar, you can just point at the painting (both on the wall and as reproduced in the exhibit catalogue) to see videos and links to other information about the works.

Catalogues can be purchased online and shipped to you at 42.50 euros with shipping/ 50 euros with tracking & handling; but are much less costly if purchased at the exhibit (25 euros for one copy).

Monique Wells leading a tour
Monique Wells leading a tour, photo by Michele Kurlander

I attended the exhibit three times last month and was blown away by Beauford’s use of color in his abstracts and his incredible expressionist portrait work. I also attended the roundtable discussion “Muticulturalism in Today’s Art World” where there was a lively discussion among Nigel Freeman of New York’s Swann Auction Galleries; André Delpuech, Chief Curator of the Americas collection at the Musée du quai Branly; and Laurence Choko, owner of Galerie Intemporel (more about this here) as well as an event honoring Beauford Delaney’s life through images and discussions – where many who actually knew him came to share memories.

If you want to donate to the exhibit (still in need of some funding) or bid on a wonderful Ile St Louis apartment rental in a silent auction to support the exhibit, click on the links below:

Donate to the exhibit

Silent auction for Ile Saint-Louis Apartment Rental.

A Beauford Delauney painting at the exhibition
A Beauford Delauney painting at the exhibition, photo by Michele Kurlander
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Michele is a corporate lawyer and writer who visits France often and is convinced she must have been French in an earlier life -probably hanging around with Ernest Hemingway during what she calls his "cute" stage, living on Cardinal Lemoine and writing on rue Descartes - which just happens to be be her usual stomping ground. From her first time in Paris and that first feeling of familiarity she has returned often as if it is her second home. Now the hotels are Airbnb apartments and she enjoys being a short-term local and shopping at the market, cooking her own meals. Sitting on her own Paris balcony , a wineglass or morning coffee in hand, she writes her journal, describing her walks around town as the proverbial flâneur and taking notes for the future’s stories and travel pieces.

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