Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Richard Bell: Uz Vs. Them
March 2 – May 5, 2013
Activist. Painter. Provocateur. Filmmaker. These words characterize Australian artist Richard Bell, whose one-person exhibition Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them will be on display in the IU Art Museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery. Bell works primarily as a painter, but he also creates photographs, films, and installation pieces; all of these mediums are represented in the exhibition. While his painting style has affinities with Aboriginal desert painting, the use of letters and texts, popular imagery, irony, appropriation, and direct references to the work of Pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein clearly embed Bell’s work in the Western art world mainstream.
Bell’s first U.S. exhibition was in 2009 in New York, but Uz vs. Them is the first traveling show featuring his work exclusively. The exhibition has been traveling since 2011, opening at Tufts University Art Gallery and then moving to the University of Kentucky Art Museum and the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver. The showing at Indiana University is the final venue for the exhibition.