Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color: An Opening Evening to Remember

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Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color: An Opening Evening to Remember

February 10, 2016

Nearly 300 people gathered at the Paris Center on February 3 for the unveiling of Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color, an exhibition celebrating the works of Beauford Delaney. Monique Y. Wells, founder of the non-profit association Les Amis de Beauford Delaney and founder and CEO of the Wells International Foundation, opened the evening. Professor Bryan Carter, specialist in digital humanities, and a group of students from the University of Arizona, presented a digital application that provides video augments of number of Delaney’s works. Guests circulated between the two large conference rooms, whose walls were adorned with paintings by the artist. For art lovers, the evening was a special occasion to discover the oeuvre of this African-American expatriate from Knoxville, Tennessee.  All of the featured works come from private collections and most have never been shown before. 
 
Special guests included: 
executive director at Knoxville Museum of Art David Butler; curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art Stephen Wicks; trustee of the Knoxville Museum of Art Sylvia Peters; trustees and other members of the KMA community; author Jake Lamar; journalist, editor, and writer Joel Dreyfuss; sculptor, poet, and novelist Barbara Chase-Riboud; artist Robert Tomlinson; documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah; archeologist and curator at the Musée du Quai Branly André Delpuech; founder of J Rêve International, Jacqueline Cofield; photographer Florence Gruère; film director Claude Gallot; art critic Daniel Soutif; founder of the Collectif James Baldwin, Samuel Légitimus; and a representative from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
 
Also present were several collectors of Delaney’s work.
 
Organized by Les Amis de Beauford Delaney and the Wells International Foundation, and in cooperation with Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the show brings together over 40 paintings and works on paper by Beauford Delaney and runs at the Paris Center through Feb. 29.