Exhibit Showcases Works by Renowned Yale Artist William Bailey
The gallery at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., will exhibit works on paper by American artist William Bailey from Nov. 8 through Jan. 28, 2011. Bailey was a professor of art at Yale from 1969 to 1995. The exhibition of temperas, drawings and prints is on public view Mondays and Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m., or by appointment at (203) 432-0670.
Bailey is an eminent and widely exhibited American figurative painter whose signature still lifes “inhabit and project a timeless sense of order and calm,” said Mark Bauer, associate director of the Whitney Humanities Center, who helped organize the exhibition.
Bailey’s works appear in important collections nationwide, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.
Often characterized as one of the country’s leading realists, Bailey nonetheless “eschews narrative, nostalgia, and even materiality in his work, which instead conveys distance and detachment,” said Bauer. Indeed, his arrangements of pots, pitchers, bowls and eggcups, as well as his depictions of female figures, are painted entirely from memory or his imagination. The subjects may well exist—but the viewer is compelled to reflect further on their dreamlike quality and their intentional abstraction, notes Bauer.
A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bailey studied with influential artist and educator Josef Albers at Yale, earning a B.F.A. and an M.A. Bailey is currently the Kingman Brewster Professor Emeritus of Art at Yale as well as a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a board member of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and a trustee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.