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High Museum of Art Opens Radcliffe Bailey Memory as Medicine Exhibition

The High Museum of Art presents Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine an exhibition, including installations, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, photos on metal, and works on paper, on view June 26 – September 11, 2011.

Memory as Medicine is the most comprehensive exhibition of art by Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey to date. It includes many new works and others never before presented publicly. The exhibition highlights underlining themes in Bailey’s work represented by his signature layering of imagery, culturally resonant materials, and text.

The exhibition is organized around the broad themes of “Water,” “Blues,” and “Blood.” “Water,” invokes the Black Atlantic Passage as a site of historical trauma as it highlights the fluidity of culture and traces Bailey’s own artistic and spiritual journey. “Blues” includes works that point to the importance of music as a transcendent art form. “Blood” focuses on ideas related to ancestry, race, memory, struggle, and sacrifice.

Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. Additional support has been provided by the Ed Bradley Family Foundation, the Lubo Fund, Jack Shainman Gallery, Vicki and John Palmer, Marjorie and Steve Harvey and members of the Radcliffe Bailey Guild.

Image: Radcliffe Bailey Windward Coast, 2009-2011 Piano keys, plaster bust, and glitter dimensions vary Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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