Radcliffe Bailey


Radcliffe Bailey

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Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968, Bridgetown, NJ; lives and works in Atlanta, GA) is a painter, sculptor, and mixed media artist who utilizes the layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, migration and collective memory. Using an intuitive and labor-intensive approach, he combines found objects, painted motifs, and photographic imagery to create engaging compositions inspired by the Middle Passage, the Great Migration, and other key stages in the history of his ancestors. The cultural significance and rhythmic properties of music are also important influences that can be seen throughout his oeuvre.

Recent solo exhibitions include Radcliffe Bailey: Passages  that just closed at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee; Ascents and Echoes and Travelogue  at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Pensive, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, which travelled to the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston; Radcliffe Bailey: Recent Works, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and Memory as Medicine  at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Forthcoming public art installations include work commissioned by the City of Atlanta, as part of the Renew Atlanta Public Art Program; the Freedom Cornerstone,  commissioned by the City of Greensboro, North Carolina; and a commission by Philadelphia Contemporary. Bailey's work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Denver Art Museum; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Florida, among many others.

Bailey is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.