Richard Bell secures US touring exhibition - Art Collector

Richard Bell, The Peckin’ Order, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 152.4cm. Private collection, Brisbane

27 April 2011 | The American Federation of Arts is staging a North American touring exhibition of work by Queensland artist and activist Richard Bell.

Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them will commence on 14 September 2011 at the Tufts University Art Gallery in Massachusetts, and will then travel to the University of Kentucky Art Museum and two other university galleries.

The exhibition, which has been guest curated by Griffith University’s Maura Reilly, includes early pieces such as Bell’s 1992 multimedia work
Pigeon Holed, as well as later pieces like his Peckin’ Order of 2007. The exhibition concentrates heavily on tracing his social and political commentary.

In her foreword to the exhibition catalogue, American critic Eleanor Heartney says Bell “wields his art like a scalpel, using it to get under the skin of contemporary Australian culture in order to scrape away the accumulated contagions of history … He reminds us that none of us can escape the paradoxes of identity and authenticity in a post-colonial world.”

The exhibition has been supported by Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency.

Jane O'Sullivan

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