Concurrent with the exhibition of William H. Johnson's work (William H. Johnson: Works from the Collection of Mary Beattie Brady), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery will be showing a selection of abstract oil paintings by Beauford Delaney. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is simultaneously exhibiting William H. Johnson and Beauford Delaney because their art and lives offer fascinating parallels. Johnson and Delaney were both African-Americans born in 1901. Each began their lives in the American South, worked and studied in New York City, but left America and went to Europe where they spent many years painting.
While in Europe, both artists travelled extensively and became part of the avant-garde. They socialized with leading European artists, writers, musicians, and intellectuals and consistently exhibited at distinguished galleries and museums. Interestingly, all the paintings in the two exhibitions were executed in Europe.