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Cause Celeb:

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.

Radcliffe Bailey and Victoria Rowell Radcliffe Bailey and Victoria Rowell

The Venue:

The High Museum of Art

The VIPs:

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

The Scene-Makers:

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

Brenda Freeman, Liz Lapidus, Tamara Bowens, Carol Thompson. Brenda Freeman, Liz Lapidus, Tamara Bowens, Carol Thompson.

The Show:

“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,



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