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.

 

Past Exhibition: Drawings and Prints from the Clark

Color print of female clown seated on red bench with legs apart
The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark
March 12, 2013 to June 16, 2013

This exhibition presented a selection of nineteenth-century French drawings and prints from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Sheets by Millet, Courbet, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other masters are on view. Ranging widely in subject matter and technique and spanning the entire second half of the nineteenth century, these works represent the diverse interests of Realist, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist artists in a rapidly changing world.

Past Exhibition: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals

Painting of a bust-length woman looking over her shoulder and wearing a headdress and a large pearl earring.
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014

The Frick Collection was the final American venue of a global tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Past Exhibition: Renoir

oil painting of mother with two girls, one with doll
Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting
February 7, 2012 to May 13, 2012

In early 2012, The Frick Collection presented an exhibition of nine iconic Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, offering the first comprehensive study of the artist's engagement with the full-length format, which was associated with the official Paris Salon in the decade that saw the emergence of a fully fledged Impressionist aesthetic.

Past Exhibition: George Stubbs

painting of workers on the field stacking hay with two horses in the background

George Stubbs (1724-1806): A Celebration

February 14, 2007 to May 27, 2007

George Stubbs (1724–1806): A Celebration, an exhibition of approximately twenty paintings by the celebrated artist, came in early 2007 to The Frick Collection, its only North American venue. The exhibition marked the bicentenary of Stubbs’s death by presenting some of his greatest contributions to the tradition of British eighteenth-century painting, all notable for their originality and beauty.

Past Exhibition: Rococo Exotic

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.

Past Exhibition: Masterpieces from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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.

Past Exhibition: From Callot to Greuze

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.

Past Exhibition: Memling's Portraits

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.

Past Exhibition: The Drawings of François Boucher

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.

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