Bailey, Beezy

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Bailey, Beezy

Beezy Bailey was born in Johannesburg. He received a fine art degree from Byam Shaw School of Art in London in 1986.Born of the frustration of "increasingly prevalent affirmative action" in the art world, Bailey submitted two artworks for a triennial exhibition in 1991. One was with the traditional Beezy Bailey signature (rejected), and the other signed Joyce Ntobe, a female alter-ego Bailey had created for himself. The latter now enjoys an honoured place in the South African National Gallery as part of its permanent collection. When the curator of the Gallery wanted to work on a paper about three black women artists, Joyce Ntobe being one, Bailey let the cat out the bag which caused a huge media scandal.

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