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: Anne Vallayer-Coster

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.

Past Exhibition: Gabriel de Saint-Aubin

black chalk drawings on sheet, including standing astronomical clock and various women, circa 1773

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724–1780)

October 30, 2007 to January 27, 2008

The Frick Collection presented an exhibition devoted to the art of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, one of the most original and innovative French artists of the Enlightenment. The fruit of many years’ research by curators on both sides of the Atlantic, the exhibition was the first major Saint-Aubin retrospective in more than eighty years and the first ever to include works from both European and North American collections. It was also the first such collaborative effort between The Frick Collection and the Musée du Louvre, where the show will be on view from February 27 to May 26, 2008.

Past Exhibition: Frick's Vermeers Reunited

three Vermeer oil paintings, including, man and woman seated at open window, woman handing paper to seated woman, and man standing over the shoulder of seated woman, circa 1600s

Frick’s Vermeers Reunited

June 3, 2008 to November 23, 2008

Particularly beloved among the paintings at The Frick Collection are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632– 1675), Officer and Laughing Girl(left), Mistress and Maid (center), and Girl Interrupted at Her Music (right).These rare canvases were purchased by Henry Clay Frick before his death in 1919. This summer, the institution offers visitors their first opportunity in nearly ten years to examine the paintings together on one wall.

Past Exhibition: Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum

oil painting of lemons, oranges, and cup on a table against black background

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum

February 10, 2009 to May 10, 2009

The Frick Collection presented a selection of five masterpieces of European painting from the highly acclaimed Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The exhibition, on view in the Oval Room from February 10 through May 10, 2009, afforded New York and East Coast audiences the occasion to see superb masterworks from the collections of the Norton Simon Art Foundation and The Norton Simon Foundation, a very special opportunity as both institutions generally do not allow their works to travel.

Past Exhibition: Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Oil painting of a young girl leaning out a window sill.

Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery

March 9, 2010 to May 30, 2010

Dulwich Picture Gallery holds one of the world's major collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century paintings. The exhibition, which heralds the Gallery’s bicentenary in 2011, reintroduces American audiences to this institution’s collection through an exceptional group of works, to be shown exclusively at the Frick through May 30, 2010.

Past Exhibition: Rembrandt and His School

Print of a man's head.

Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections

February 15, 2011 to May 15, 2011

When Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) was asked whose talents he would most like to possess, he declared: "Rembrandt's." And as the largest individual railway stockholder in the world, Frick is reported to have said that "railways are the Rembrandts of investment." Like Frick, the Dutch art historian Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a great admirer and collector of works by the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669); as a teenager he wrote a biography of the artist, illustrated with his own copies after Rembrandt's most famous works.

Past Exhibition: Watteau to Degas

chalk drawing of woman in long robe reclining in chair with footrest, palm against the cheek

Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection

October 6, 2009 to January 10, 2010

Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a Dutch art historian, connoisseur, and collector.

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Colin B. Bailey and John Marciari at The Morgan Library

Link to video of Colin B. Bailey delivering welcoming remarks for symposium

Welcome and opening remarks from Colin B. Bailey, Director, The Morgan Library & Museum, and John Marciari, Charles W. Englehard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium A Demand for Drawings: Five Centuries of Collecting co-presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and The Drawing Institute at The Morgan Library on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2016.

Colin B. Bailey presents Fragonard's 'Progress of Love'

Link to video of Colin B. Bailey in the Frick's Fragonard Room

Filmed in the Frick Collection’s Fragonard Room, this fourteen-minute video provides an in-depth look into the history of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love, a series of fourteen paintings considered by many to be the artist’s masterpiece. The intriguing story behind the commission, rejection, and rehousing of Fragonard’s paintings is brought to life by Colin B. Bailey, former Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick (now Director of Museums at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).

Colin B. Bailey and Charlotte Hale: "Secrets of Renoir's 'La Promenade' Revealed"

Link to video of Colin B. Bailey and Charlotte Hale lecture

"Up and Down the Garden Path: Secrets of La Promenade Revealed," by Colin B. Bailey, The Frick Collection, and Charlotte Hale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Saturday, May 5, 2012.  The Frick's Promenade is the most important Impressionist painting acquired by Henry Clay Frick. In researching this well-known work for the exhibition Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting, many technical and documentary discoveries were made.

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