{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 25774, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/25774", "Disp_Access_No" : "2015.9", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1968", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1968", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1968", "Disp_Title" : "Charlie Parker", "Alt_Title" : "Bird", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Beauford Delaney", "Sort_Artist" : "Delaney, Beauford", "Disp_Dimen" : "28 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (73 x 59.7 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "28 3/4 in.", "Disp_Width" : "23 1/2 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "without frame", "Medium" : "Oil", "Support" : "canvas", "Disp_Medium" : "Oil on canvas", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Beauford Delaney was a charming, witty, and very well-loved sophisticate who took up residence as a painter in Harlem, New York, in the late 1920s during the Harlem Renaissance. A gay African American, he moved to Greenwich Village in the 1940s and was one of the few cultural figures in New York City at the time to circulate in both the uptown and downtown scenes. In 1957 Delaney traveled to Paris for what he thought would be a brief visit and ended up living and painting there the rest of his life. Delaney made this painting, a portrait of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, while in Paris. It was purchased from Delaney by the actor Billy Dee Williams, when Williams was accompanied to Delaney’s studio by the artist’s best friend, the author James Baldwin. Yellow, the color of sunlight, joy, and spiritual revelation, was Delaney’s favorite color. It was symbolic of his optimism as he struggled against the illnesses of alcoholism and depression that plagued him much of his life, eventually leading to his death in St. Anne’s Hospital for the Insane in Paris. [Gallery label text, Summer 2015]", "Dedication" : "Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund, Herdle Fund, Lyman K. and Eleanore B. Stuart Endowment Fund, Marion Stratton Gould Fund, and the Estate of Susan Eisenhart Schilling", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Painting", "Creation_Place2" : "United States", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "See notarized statement in curatorial file from Billy Dee Williams regarding his acquisition of this piece: "April 23, 2011: In 1968 I went to Paris with my good friend, James Baldwin, one of the great American novelists of the 20th Century. James was writing the life story of Malcolm X for Columbia Pictures, and wanted me to play Malcolm X. While we were in Paris Jarnes took me to visit one of his rnentors, Beauford Delaney. Delaney was living in a small atelier on the left bank of Paris. The walls of his atelier were covered with paintings, but this palnting in particular caught my eye. I said, "Wow, that''s a beautitul painting. What''s it about?" "lt''s about Charlie Parker. The title is Bird" Delaney responded. It was a recent painting, and what intrigued me is that it was Delaney''s interpretation of Bird, and anyone interested in Jazz at the time knew rvhat was meant by "Bird". As I stood there admiring it Delaney asked rne if I wanted it. It was a lovely gesture. It has been a treasured piece of my art collection since that time. --Billy Dee Williams.", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/2015.9_A1.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/2015.9_A1.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/2015.9_A1.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/2015.9_A1.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "43482", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "Photo provided by the gallery", "View" : "" } , ] }, ] }