An Artistic Friendship: Beauford Delaney And Lawrence Calcagno

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
Untitled, 1960
Gouache on paper
25-5/8” x 19-5/8”
Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York

February7-March 21, 2002

This exhibition examines the close artistic and personal friendship between two American artists of the twentieth century. As noted in the accompanying exhibition catalogue by Joyce Henri Robinson, “Beauford Delaney and Lawrence Calcagno might seem like an unlikely pair. Delaney (1901–1979), a black American from Knoxville, Tennessee, spent most of his mature life as an expatriate artist in Paris. Lawrence Calcagno (1913–1993), a white American from northern California spent much of his peripatetic career in the U.S. and in Europe in search of a place to call home. The two became friends in Paris in 1953 and remained close over the next twenty years…both men committed themselves wholeheartedly to lyrical abstraction and an interest in the philosophical underpinnings of their work.” An Artistic Friendship will present twenty-five works by these abstract artists, and is being organized in honor of the centennial of Delaney’s birth. The Vanderbilt presentation will be held to coincide with Black History Month.