Radcliffe Bailey at The High

I have been spending quite a bit of time with art and artists lately.  Partly because I'm working on a series of environmental portraits of artists, partly because I just like looking at what other people create.  Thursday evening, I went to a lecture given by Radcliffe Bailey who has a large and significant exhibition on display at The High Museum in Atlanta.  This is the third time I've heard Mr. Bailey speak about his work.

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The last time was also at The High, for an event during the summer festival put on by the National Black Arts Festival.  The NBAF is a non-profit arts organization that celebrates the arts with education and public programs and year round programming.

This event was a brunch with Bailey, then he led a tour of his exhibition, Memory as Medicine. It's the first major exhibit in the main wing by an Atlanta-based artist.

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I like reading about what inspired artists to do their work, but I love hearing it from the artists themselves.  Sometimes pieces that make no sense on their own if you're just looking at them make perfect sense once you hear what the artist was thinking.

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The woman in the white dress on the right is Bailey's wife, author/actress Victoria RowellBailey is a mixed-media artist.  He paints, he sculpts, he creates installations which include sound.

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Several of his pieces are influenced by music and musicians, places he spent time growing up and by his family.  His mom was at the event pictured here, as well as the lecture Thursday.  His dad was there, too.  Bailey mentioned several times how much his parents and ancestors influenced him.  He includes pictures of ancestors, representations of his DNA and symbols of his parents' professions in his work.

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If you're in Atlanta, you should go see the exhibit before it closes next month.  The curator announced at the lecture that attendance has far exceeded projections.  It's scheduled to travel to San Antonio, Texas and Wellesley College in Massachusetts over the next year.

A New York Times article about Bailey's exhibition