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Radcliffe Bailey

Conduits of Contact

2017 | Acrylic and glitter on wood with photographs on aluminum

Late-American visual artist Radcliffe Bailey’s distinct and dauntless style is demonstrated in his mixed-media installation, Conduits of Contact. The union of fabricated and found objects, including pre-1925 images from the Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection at Emory University, metaphorically connects historical African-American migration patterns to the modern world. Bailey’s work, spanning three concourse walls, offers viewers a sense of unity and underscores how the human experience links the past and present.


Radcliffe Bailey

Radcliffe Bailey

Bridgeton, New Jersey

Radcliffe Bailey (1953-2023) was an Atlanta-based visual artist who explored themes of race and memory by layering found objects, such as tintypes of his family members, piano keys and Georgia red clay. Represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York, Bailey has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in the inaugural installation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C., and at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. Public collections featuring his work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Bailey earned a B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art in Georgia. He is from Bridgeton, New Jersey.

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