Fabian Schöneich for Frieze Magazine - 5 September 2019
Ahead of this year’s edition of the gallery event, the pick of exhibitions to see in town
Maruani Mercier opens the season with a major show by Radcliffe Bailey, featuring works that deal with the notion of being Afro-American. It makes sense that Bailey does not wish to reduce himself to a single medium as his works are as diverse and complex as the history on which they are based. His paintings and collage-like sculptures refer to the history of slavery in the United States, but also to the daily racism to which he himself is exposed. With the range of found materials and images he uses, Bailey links minor and personal stories with collective memory.