July 31, 2011
Radcliffe Bailey Opening Gala
Movie stars and memory-based montages
- Photos by Ben Rose
The High Museum rolled out the, well, blue carpets for Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey’s solo show and the celeb-wattage only matched the fireworks of Bailey’s epic works.
The High Museum of Art
Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey and his actress/author wife Victoria Rowell, High Museum director Michael E Shapiro, exhibit curator Carol Thompson and managing curator Michael Rooks, co-chairs John and Vicki Palmer and Arthur and Jay Richardson
Hollywood came to the High for the gala night, including actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, award-winning theater director Kenny Leon, La Tonya Jackson, sports legend Julius “Dr. J.” Erving and Mayor Kasim Reed. Also in the crowd: Uri Vaknin, Brenda Freeman, Pamola Powell, Charlene and Earnest Ingram, Rebecca Bily, Stan Clemmons and Camile Russell Love,
“Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” represents the most comprehensive presentation of works by Atlanta-based artist Bailey to date. The exhibit divides his work into three thematic sections: “Water,” “Blues” and “Blood,” an exhibition that Carol Thompson, the High’s Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art says,“combines a rich narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance to explore questions of history and memory.” Bailey’s work is also represented in leading museum collections nation-wide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco Museum of Art, etc.
“Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” is on view at the High Museum through Sept. 11, 2011, www.high.org