Colin B. Bailey

Colin B. Bailey was formerly Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection. His is currently Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 

Dark blue and gold mounted porcelain vase

Rococo Exotic: French Mounted Porcelain and the Allure of the East

March 6, 2007 to September 9, 2007

In mid eighteenth-century France, elaborately mounted Asian porcelains were at the height of fashion. More Far Eastern porcelains with gilt bronze mounts were produced in the period between 1740 and 1760 than at any other point in European history, and Paris was the center of this phenomenon. Commissioned by the Parisian marchands merciers, or luxury merchants, artisans produced exquisite gilt bronze confections to adorn imported porcelains and often modified the porcelains themselves in order to adapt them to the décor of French interiors.

oil painting depicting biblical scene of  the sacrifice of Isaac, showing man being interrupted by angel before killing young boy, circa 1527

Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum of Art

November 8, 2006 to January 28, 2007

For many years, The Frick Collection has offered its visitors the chance to view important Old Master paintings from American institutions outside the New York area. In keeping with this tradition, the Frick presented fourteen extraordinary works from the renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. Ranging in date from the early Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century, the selection included canvases by artists represented in the Frick’s permanent collection alongside paintings by important masters not typically seen at the museum.

catalogue cover of From Callot to Greuze depicting drawing of nude man in profile holding shell

From Callot to Greuze: French Drawings from Weimar

June 1, 2005 to August 7, 2005

During the spring and summer of 2005, The Frick Collection presented a selection of approximately seventy drawings from the Schlossmuseum and the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar, Germany, offering visitors a unique opportunity to view many works that have never before been exhibited outside the former Eastern bloc countries.

Painting of head and shoulders of brown haired man in three quarter view, landscape in background

Memling's Portraits

October 12, 2005 to December 31, 2005

Memling’s Portraits, The Frick Collection’s special fall exhibition, offered the most comprehensive gathering to date of works in this genre by the celebrated Netherlandish artist Hans Memling (c. 1435-1494). Memling’s oeuvre comprises some one hundred paintings, of which thirty are portraits. Executed in Bruges between 1470 and the artist’s death some twenty-five years later, his portraits bear eloquent witness to “Memling’s exasperatingly seamless evolution,” as noted in 1998 by Memling scholar Dirk De Vos.

 
The Drawings of François Boucher
October 8, 2003 to December 14, 2003

Celebrating the tercentenary of the artist's birth, this exhibition was the first survey of François Boucher's (1703–1770) drawings in more than twenty-five years. Featuring approximately eighty sheets — few of which have ever been on view in the United States — the exhibition provided a new understanding of Boucher's prolific output of works on paper and demonstrated his extraordinary technique and style as a draftsman.

cover of exhibition catalog showing gold vase filled with lilacs, red roses, and peace lilies.
Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette
January 22, 2003 to March 23, 2003

This was the first retrospective exhibition for the eighteenth-century French still-life painter Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744-1818), a highly regarded artist who was one of the favorite painters of Marie-Antoinette. Through a selection of approximately forty of her paintings, the exhibition demonstrates Vallayer-Coster's artistic development as one of the foremost still-life artists of her generation. Accompanying the exhibition is the first catalogue to present the majority of Vallayer-Coster's known oeuvre in full color.

Link to video of Colin B. Bailey discussing Bellini’s 'St. Francis in the Desert'

A brief introduction to Giovanni Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert with Colin B. Bailey, Associate Director, and Peter Jay Sharp, Chief Curator of The Frick Collection.

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