Koerner Center hosting works on paper by Yale artist William Bailey

Still life painting by William Bailey, Borello
William Bailey, “Borello,” 2001, Tempera on paper.

William Bailey: Works on Paper,” featuring drawings and paintings by the Yale artist and teacher, will be on exhibit through May 22 at the Henry Koerner Center for Emeritus Faculty, 149 Elm St., second floor.

The exhibition includes figure drawings and still lifes in a variety of media dating back to 1964. Bailey writes in the accompanying catalog: “The pencil drawings of figures were mostly from direct observation of models. The still lifes are all from memory and imagination. I am not a realist. These works are not about stories or ideas or things. I am simply trying to create a believable place to pursue presence and the possibility of transcendence.”

The catalog features an essay by the late Andrew Forge, a noted painter and art critic who taught at Yale 1975–1994. The essay was originally written for an exhibition of Bailey’s figure drawings in 1999 at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York City, and was included at the request of Bailey, who “wishes to honor his former friend and colleague in this way,” writes Gary L. Haller, director of the Koerner Center, in the catalog’s foreword.

Bailey earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. at the Yale School of Art, where he studied with the renowned artist and educator Josef Albers. He taught at the School of Art 1958-1962 and 1969-1995, serving as dean 1974-1975. His works appear in major 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.

To make an appointment to see the exhibition, call 203-432-8227.

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