‘There’s so much noise in contemporary art. So much gesture. I realized it wasn’t my natural bent to make a lot of noise, and I’m not very good at rhetorical gesture.”

William Bailey, 1930-2020, painter, professor Yale University

Image: William Bailey, “Eggs,” 1974, oil on linen. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Lawrence H. Bloedel Bequest, inv. no. 77.1.4. © Whitney Museum of American Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, N.Y.