New York, NY –– This exhibition, curated by Maura Reilly, was the centerpiece of the Location One International Fellowship awarded to Richard Bell for the 2009–2010 season. Brisbane-based Richard Bell is one of Australia’s most talked-about artists. Bell’s works address — and protest — the commodification of indigeneity in the western art market. They draw attention to frustrations and grievances brought about through the European colonization of Australia. His paintings play with the practice of appropriation, often mining the Pop Art styles of Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, the paint drips of Jackson Pollock, or the dot matrix style of Aboriginal painter Emily Kngwarreye while including texts that complicate the way we think about racism and race politics.
© MAURA REILLY 2015