Just over a year ago Mark Lewis came to the Betty Cuningham Gallery with a proposal. A long time and ardent admirer of William Bailey's work, he wanted to organize an exhibition of Bailey's works on paper (prints and drawings). Lewis, who is a professor at the art school at the University of Tulsa, had already invited William Bailey to come to the University as the 2006 Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist. To make Bailey's visit even more meaningful, Mark Lewis proposed a simultaneous exhibition. Thus, through the efforts of many, the exhibit, William Bailey on Paper, and this catalogue were born.
On behalf of the University of Tulsa, William Bailey and the Betty Cuningham Gallery, I wish to thank the Ruth Mayo family for establishing the Ruth Mayo Visiting Artist Endowment Fund and for selecting Bill Bailey as the 2006 recipient. Since 2001, this fund has provided a crucial opportunity each year for emerging artists to work with an established artist as well as the financial backing for this exhibition to take place.
Our thanks go to the two originating museums in Tulsa, Oklahoma: Alexandre Hogue Gallery at the University of Tulsa, particularly Mark Lewis, and to the Philbrook Museum of Art, particularly to Chris Kallenberger. In addition, we wish to thank the other participating museum to which the exhibition will travel in 2007: The Wichita Art Museum, particularly Stephen Gleissner.
Our gratitude goes to Karen Wilkin, who has shared her knowledge and insight in the catalogue's essay. And, finally our greatest debt is to William Bailey, who created the exceptionally fine drawings, works on paper, and prints that make up this exhibition.
Betty Cuningham Summer 2006
This Catalogue has been published on occasion of the exhibition of paintings and drawings by William Bailey at the Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York.
October 18 - November 24, 2007.
Photography: Christopher Burke, Oren Slor, New York
Design: The Grenfell Press, New York.
Printing: Trifolio, Verona, Italy
Essay © 2007 Terry Teachout
Catalogue © 2007 Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York