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The Gallery is delighted to announce the release of William Bailey: Looking through Time, which commemorates the 2019 exhibition of the same name and honors the long career of this distinguished artist, who was the Kingman Brewster Professor Emeritus of Art at Yale until his death earlier this year. The catalogue is the first survey of Bailey’s paintings, drawings, and prints in nearly thirty years. Bailey defied the prevailing taste for abstraction in the mid-20th century, dedicating himself instead to representational painting and concentrating on the rudiments of representational art: form, color, line, medium, surface, and light. The plates in the publication capture the meditative quality of the tabletop still lifes and studies of the human figure for which the artist is best known. As the poet and art critic John Yau writes in the book, Bailey, whose artistic inspirations spanned multiple centuries, “made time stand still while acknowledging its inevitable passing.” To purchase the catalogue while the museum is closed, call 203.432.0601.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services