Tobacco Blues

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Artist: Radcliffe Bailey, American, 1968-2023
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Aquatint, etching, drypoint, photogravure, and chine collé
50 x 40in (127 x 101.6cm)
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Gift of the Friends of the McNay
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Radcliffe Bailey's work explores themes including memory, spirituality, family, and African American identity. Bailey is best known for his assemblage paintings that often include found objects and personal belongings. To create Tobacco Blues, Bailey translates his painting practice into the print medium by employing five etching techniques. His combination of images from vintage photographs, drawings, and hand-written poetry create one cohesive composition that tells a story about African American history as it relates to agriculture, architecture, and music.
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