Louis Delsarte

Louis J. Delsarte (born September 1, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American artist who is known for what has sometimes been called his "illusionistic" [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1546/is_n1_v8/ai_13563246 ] style. He is a painter, muralist, printmaker, and illustrator. When Delsarte was growing up he was surrounded by music, including jazz, opera, musicals, and the blues. From this experience, as well as from his knowledge of African history and culture, he has drawn much of the inspiration for his art. Delsarte is now a professor of Fine Arts at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he resides. He is also an adjunct Professor at Spelman College. For the past 13 years his work has been exhibited around the United States.

Education, exhibitions, and critical recognition

Delsarte went to high school in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY., received a Certificate in Fine Arts Education from Brooklyn College, earned his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at New York's Pratt Institute, and obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.

Delsarte’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at museums, galleries, and other venues throughout the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Schomburg Center in New York, the Bodley Gallery (also in New York), the California Afro-American Museum, the Camille Hanks Cosby Museum at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Howard University fine arts gallery. In 2001, Delsarte's work was included as part of a national traveling exhibition entitled “When the Spirit Moves: African-American Dance in History and Art”. The traveling exhibition was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, having originated as a 1999-2000 exhibition at Spelman College (entitled "When the Spirit Moves: African American Art Inspired by Dance" [http://www.spelman.edu/museum/pastarchive.shtml] ).

In 2001, Delsarte completed a large public mural commissioned by the city of New York. The monumental work, entitled "Transitions", is located at the Church Street station, on the Brooklyn IRT line. [http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/artwork_show?83]

Delsarte received further national recognition in August 2005 when the United States Postal Service issued a stamp featuring a Delsarte painting. The stamp depicts the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, taken from a Delsarte painting created in 2000.

Also in 2005, Delsarte completed another monumental public mural, this one entitled "Spirit of Harlem". The 30ft X 11ft glass mosaic was assembled in Munich, Germany, and is located at North Fork Bank on 125th Street in New York City. [http://louisdelsarte.com/ld_mural/muralmain.html] [http://louisdelsarte.com/ld_artist/info/info_html/info_press_subway.htm] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/97402095@N00/409458341] [http://mosaik.wordpress.com/2007/07/16/spirit-of-harlem-by-louis-delsarte/]

Significant critical recognition of Delsarte's contribution to American art has included discussion of his work in Samella Lewis's "African American Art & Artists: a history of African American art from the seventeenth-century to the 1990s" (University of California, Berkley, 1990, 302 pp.).

Monographs and solo shows

[Main sources for this list: (1) Worldcat; and (2) African American Visual Artists Database (AAVAD.com; Director: Susan Denker, Faculty, Visual and Critical Studies Dept., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University); see 'External links']

Atlanta (GA). Modern Primitive Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE.2001.Solo exhibition.

Brooklyn (NY). Dorsey Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE: Recent Works.1993.Solo exhibition.

Harris, Michael D..The Spiritual and Mystical World of LOUIS DELSARTE, 1998.

Los Angeles (CA). California Afro-American Museum.LOUIS DELSARTE: Gallery of Greats.1991.Solo exhibition.

Miami (FL). Frances Wolfson Art Center, Miami-Dade Community College.The Art of LOUIS DELSARTE.February 12 - March 13, 1987.Solo exhibition. [Smithsonian Archives of American Art] .

New Orleans (LA). Amistad Research Center.LOUIS DELSARTE.1999.Solo exhibition.

New Orleans (LA). Stella Jones Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE: Reflections.1998.Solo exhibition.

New York (NY). Bodley Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE. 1980.

New York (NY). Gallery 62, National Urban League.LOUIS DELSARTE: New Visions.February 7-March 11, 1982.Solo exhibition.

New York (NY). Gallery 62, National Urban League.LOUIS DELSARTE: No Place Like Home.1991.Solo exhibition.

New York (NY). NoHo Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE: Between Heaven and Earth.1990.Solo exhibition.

Washington (DC). Curtis Lewis Gallery.LOUIS DELSARTE: Recent Works.1998.Solo exhibition.

Wichita (KS). African American Museum.LOUIS DELSARTE.2005.Solo exhibition.


• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute

• Master of Fine Arts, University of Arizona

• Professional artist for 25 years

• Delsarte has taught for over 23 years in university settings

• Past 13 years Delsarte work has been exhibited throughout the U.S.



*Alkalimat, Abdul; Elaine Westbrooks. "African American history and culture on the Web : a guide to the very best sites" (Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources ; London : Eurospan, 2003) ISBN 0842051015; ISBN 9780842051019; ISBN 0842051023; ISBN 9780842051026 [Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/51737930&referer=brief_results] )

*Childs, Adrienne L.; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Art Gallery. "Successions : prints by African American artists from the Jean and Robert Steele collection" (College Park, MD : Art Gallery, University of Maryland, 2002) ISBN 0937123420; ISBN 9780937123423 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/49547823?tab=subjects] )

*Delsarte, Louis; Bodley Gallery (New York, N.Y.) "Louis Delsarte" [solo exhibition catalogue] (New York : Bodley Gallery, 1980) OCLC 55522158 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/55522158&referer=brief_results] )

*Delsarte, Louis; Gallery 62. "New visions : paintings and drawings by Louis Delsarte, February 7 - March 11, 1983, Gallery 62" (New York, NY : National Urban League, 1983) OCLC 38160393 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/38160393&referer=brief_results] )

*Delsarte, Louis; John Riddle; Eloise E Johnson; Stella Jones Gallery. "Dream variations" (New Orleans, La. : Stella Jones Gallery, 2001) OCLC 55673120 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/55673120&referer=brief_results] )

*Frances Wolfson Art Gallery. "Louis Delsarte : paintings and drawings : February 12, 1987-March 13, 1987 : Frances Wolfson Art Gallery, Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus, Miami-Dade Community College" ( Miami : Frances Wolfson Art Gallery, 1987) ISBN 0916203239; ISBN 9780916203238 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/55648908&referer=brief_results] )

*Glazer, Fred; illustrated by Louis Delsarte. "A dream of music" (Mad River Press, 1971) OCLC 3499658 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/3499658&referer=brief_results] )

*Henderson, Ashyia N. "Contemporary Black biography, profiles from the international Black community" (Farmington Hill, MI : Gale, 2002) ISBN 0787660493; ISBN 9780787660499 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/50813282?tab=details] )

*Jackson, Donna; Parish Gallery."Fifteen years : Parish Gallery 1991 to 2006" ( [Washington, D.C.] : Parish Gallery, 2006) OCLC 81148594 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/81148594&referer=brief_results] )

*Lewis, Samella S. "African American art and artists" (Berkeley : University of California Press, 1990) ISBN 0520087887 ISBN 9780520087880 ISBN 0520085329 ISBN 9780520085329 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/29255724&referer=brief_results] )

*Lewis, Samella ; Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, La.). "Ebony soliloquy : a five year retrospective (1996-2001)" (New Orleans : Stella Jones Gallery, 2001) OCLC 52642493 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/52642493?tab=details] )

*McWorter, Gerald A. "The African American Experience in Cyberspace" (London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2004) (orig. Pluto Press, 1994) ISBN 0745322239; ISBN 9780745322230; ISBN 0745322220; ISBN 9780745322223 (Worldcat link: [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/oclc/53192313&referer=brief_results] )

External links

* [http://www.askart.com/askart/d/louis_delsarte/louis_delsarte.aspx Askart.com] pages on Louis Delsarte, including an image, museum listings, etc.
* [http://aavad.com/artistbibliog.cfm?id=669 AAVAD.com] : African American Visual Artists Database (Director: Susan Denker, Faculty, Visual and Critical Studies Dept., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University): bibliography page on Louis Delsarte
* http://www.delsarte.com/ld_artist/info/info_html/info_background.html
* http://www.delsarte.com/ld_artist/info/artist_infomain.htm
* http://ephraimturner.com/bios.html#delsarte
* [http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/artwork_show?83 NY City Subway, record of 2001 Delsarte mural, "Transitions", with many color images]
* [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1546/is_n1_v8/ai_13563246] : Article from "American Visions" magazine, Feb-March, 1993 by Anthony C. Murphy, about a mural by Delsarte employing his "illusionistic" technique. The project also shows Delsarte's interest in making art that enhances the experience of daily living:

::"Painter Louis Delsarte, known for his illusionistic paintings of African Americans on the home, church and music scenes, has taken his impressions into the home with his latest project.

::"Assisted by Morris Brown College students Ricky Jackson and Donetha and Gerald Ball, Delsarte recently completed a mural for Morrison Homes' model home in Atlanta's Yorkshire community. Located in the nursery, the painting depicts the final scene of an African folktale, "The Child in the Silk-cotton Tree," and expresses the tale's moral, that neither time nor distance can break the bond of love between mother and child...."

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