Opened on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Burgess Fine Arts presented at the gallery, a major retrospective exhibition of artist Avel de Knight's (1923-1995) incredible artistic career and legacy.
This exhibit encompassed works dating from his early portraits of family members, including watercolors, drawings, pastels and paintings from his Civil War series, provencial French periods, United States Department of States former Soviet Union Tour and New York City periods where he studied, painted and taught art until his death.This artist has not been fully acknowledged for the enormous talent and contributions he made to the development of mid to late 20th Century Art and African American Art history.
The deKnight Exhibition addressed his multi dimensional artistic contributions and included a guided tour lecture by his cousins, artist Stephen Tyson, Sr., Fullbright scholar and art professor and Neil deGrasse Tyson, reknown Astrophysicist and Director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.
Art works by Avel deKnight were exhibited at Berkeley College in New York City during African American History Month in February 2015. The exhibition was well received by the critics, students, professors and other visitors. A larger more comprehensive exhibition continues in our gallery by calling 212.406.2400 for an appointment. This exhibit will be on view indefinitely.
There was a major turnout at the opening of the deKinight Exhibition and here are some of the people who attended.