GATHERING LIGHT: WORKS BY BEAUFORD DELANEY FROM THE KMA COLLECTION
Knoxville Museum of Art / 1050 World's Fair Park Dr. May 5, 2017 - July 23, 2017
Gathering Light celebrates the Knoxville Museum of Art’s progress in building a representative collection of works by Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), considered by many to be among the greatest American abstract painters of the twentieth century. Despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness, Delaney achieved an international reputation for his portraits, scenes of city life, and free-form abstractions marked by intense colors, bold contours, and expressive surfaces. Gathering Light is part of a larger effort to bring long-overdue attention to Delaney’s legacy in his hometown.