creativity, culture, community
“As a highlight of our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta we are presenting a special exhibit,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Working with renowned artist Radcliffe Bailey this multi-media art experience looks not only at the US Civil War, but wars from a global and personal perspective, as well as their destructive and constructive consequences. Art Against The Wall is now open at Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta and will continue through August 22. The exhibition is free and open to the public.”
The US Civil War wrought unspeakable destruction and carnage. It ripped families apart, united a country and abolished slavery. Globally, wars have changed the terrain and peoples of nearly every nation. Curated by artist Radcliffe Bailey, this show brings together an assemblage of objects, images and artifacts in a thought-provoking exhibit that explores controversial themes related to wars and their aftermath.
The exhibition features work by artists Mohau Modisakeng, PAA Joe, Stephen Shames, George Washington Carver, Donald Locke, E.K. Huckaby. Artifacts are courtesy of the Jack Shainman Gallery, Atlanta History Center, Dr. Stephen and Anika Dawkins, Brenda Locke and Brundyn + Gallery.
Radcliffe Bailey 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, and memory. Bailey believes that by translating his personal experiences, he can achieve an understanding of and healing from a universal history. His work is often made from found materials and certain pieces from his past, including traditional African sculpture, tintypes of his family members, piano keys, and Georgia red clay.
Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1968, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently lives and works. Bailey received a BFA in 1991 from The Atlanta College of Art.
His past exhibitions include Memory as Medicine, High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2011); New/Now: Radcliffe Bailey, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (2004); Neo-HooDoo, organized by The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, at Miami Art Museum, FL (2009), and traveled to MoMA P.S.1, NY (2009). Bailey’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, among others.
With the opening of the new Gallery 72, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs continues its commitment of presenting significant exhibitions of work by local, national and internationally acclaimed artists in public spaces. The gallery design by Stanley Beaman & Sears is progressive and incorporates the building’s pre-existing aesthetics alongside sculptural architectural features that produce a visually stunning and welcoming creative space. Gallery 72 is located in 2 City Plaza at 72 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Gallery hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
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©Mohau Modisakeng. Image courtesy of the artist and Brundyn + Cape Town.
Photo of Radcliffe Bailey by LaMont Hamilton Photography.
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