This parade painting by Delaney depicts the parade in New York City following the return of the U.S. hostages that were held in Iran for more than a year. The dominance of the American Flag in the upper left-hand corner and the profusion of flags held by both paraders and spectators reflect the exhuberant patriotism of this event, and are reminiscent of other special celebrations such as the V.J. Day Parade. The ambiguity of parade direction, the anomalous inclusion of chorus-line figures among the groups of hostages, and the unique configuration of train-like cars are typical of Delaney's unorthodox vision.
Hostage Parade, 1981, oil/canvas, 50" x 40"