Celebrated, Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey’s solo show, Memory as Medicine, opens at the High Museum June 26th.

You may think you don’t know this artist, but if you’ve ever traveled down the escalator at the International Terminal in Hartsfield-Jackson, then you’ve seen his work in the form of a very large and very beautiful mural entitled “Saints”, a piece about homecoming.  In all cases, you need to know him, he is a true talent and an extremely interesting man.

We had the honor to preview the “Memory as Medicine” show and it is fabulous. Bailey’s work is deep, with influences from the Blues, African Art, music and even from baseball, “my first love”, says the internationally renowned artist during his Sidewalk Radio interview with Gene Kansas on “The Voice of the Arts”.

Another reason to see this exhibit, is because it is rare.  Rare in that Bailey is still young, and he is presenting at home in the South’s leading museum.  37 different works range from paintings to sculptures to works on paper.  Two of our favorites are “Self Portrait” and the trance-inducing sea of piano keys (see top image) that evoke heavy tones of music and history.

Go see the exhibit.  It’s certainly memory making.