2013 – A Busy Year for Beezy
In February, Everard Read Cape Town is delighted to present Dancing in the Woods, Beezy Bailey’s first solo exhibition in Cape Town in 6 years. This powerful body of work is comprised of paintings and drawings created over the past year, as well as two large bronzes. This kicks off what is likely to be a busy and pivotal year in the artist’s career, ahead of the opening in March of his exhibition at the prestigious Robert Miller Gallery in New York.
Bailey’s art celebrates life and all its magic, in an eternal search for beauty. Over half this exhibition is inspired by the 5,000 Tree Landscape Project, which Bailey initiated last year to celebrate his 50th birthday. This “installation” is designed to promote sustainable living through the planting of 5,000 trees across the Cape Flats, with the assistance of the NGO Greenpop. Bailey’s intention is that trees will bring in time birds, bees, shade and harmony to people’s lives. So far friends have donated over 2,000 trees. Ten percent of proceeds from the Dancing in the Woods exhibition will go towards this living landscape.
Using silk-screened aerial photographs of the barren landscapes in which these trees will be planted as a starting point, Bailey invokes his vision by adding trees, birds, butterflies and flowers, using mixed media such as oils, enamel and pastel.
For the balance of the exhibition, Bailey turns his inimitable style to New York-inspired paintings, particularly the ghosts and angels of 9/11. His connection to the city has emerged from his recent visits to collaborate for his exhibition there with musician Dave Matthews and renowned printer Alexander Heinrici, who printed extensively for Andy Warhol.
Another of Bailey’s exhibitions, As It Is In Heaven, currently on view at Circa in Johannesburg until the end of January, will also be shown in New York in March 2013.
In June, curators from the Beijing National Gallery of China are visiting Bailey’s studio in Cape Town with a view to exhibiting his work in 2014.
A beezy year indeed!
Opens 18h30 Wednesday, 13th February 2013
Ends 28th February 2013
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