The High Museum has received a $75,000 grant to fund a solo exhibition of Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey.
Curated by African Art curator Carol Thompson, “Memory as Medicine, Art of an Ancient Soul, Radcliffe Bailey” will explore his complex relationship, both formal and spiritual, to African art and the social and cultural consciousness that underlies his work. The exhibit, which opens Feb. 5, 2011, will include some 20 pieces, plus African art.
This is great news. Bailey is one of Atlanta’s foremost artists. Marked by inventive use of materials and mediums, infused with subtle emotional depth, his work humanizes buzzwords like “identity” and “Diaspora.” He deserves a solo show at the High Museum, and Thompson will bring an interesting dimension to the project.
Thompson has been following Bailey’s work ever since she arrived in Atlanta in 2001. “I am deeply involved with contemporary art—particularly from a transnational perspective—and likewise art of the Black Atlantic World, past and present,” she says. “Regarding African art, Radcliffe and I share a very similar sensibility, informed by many of the same experiences, exhibitions, and publications…. To me, part of what makes Radcliffe Bailey’s art so appealing is the way it operates on many levels at once. His engagement with art’s formal qualities combines a rich, narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance.”
Bailey’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, San Francisco Museum of Art, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the High. He is represented by Solomon Projects in Atlanta.