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Richard Bell Biography

Richard Bell was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. Based in Brisbane, Richard has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1990. He is represented in major collections in Australia and New Zealand and is internationally recognised through numerous exhibitions, including the significant European touring exhibition Aratjara: art of the First Australians (1993); Culture Warriors, the National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia (2007); the 9th and 16th Biennales of Sydney (1992 and 2008); Australian Perspecta (1993), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, the Unfamiliar Territory, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (1991) and Half-Light: Portraits from Black Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

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His work was the subject of the survey exhibition Positivity, presented by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, (2006). He won the National Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2003. In 2009, an exhibition of the Bell’s practice to date entitled I am not sorry, was held at Location One, New York, and he was also the recipient of Location One’s International Fellowship for that year. Uz vs. them, a major touring exhibition of Bell’s work organised by the American Federation of the Arts, premiered at Tufts University, Boston, in September 2011, and will tour to venues across North America throughout 2013. The exhibition is accompanied by a major new publication on Bell’s work.

Richard Bell’s work features in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, as well as most state institutions. 

Courtesy MCA

Richard Bell Featured Artworks

Australian art it's an Aboriginal thing by Richard Bell contemporary artwork
Richard BellAustralian art it's an Aboriginal thing, 2006Acrylic on canvas, diptych
240 x 360 cm
Not for sale
Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Richard Bell Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS at Artspace Sydney, Sydney
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18 May–4 August 2019 Group Exhibition 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Artspace SydneySydney

Richard Bell In Ocula Magazine

Sydney Summer Report Ocula Report Sydney Summer Report By Rachel Fuller, Sydney

When Silence Falls
 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 
19 December 2015 - 1 May 2016 Currently showing in the contemporary galleries of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, When Silence Falls is a collection-based, group exhibition curated by AGNSW curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Cara Pinchbeck....

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh By Rachael Vance, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Ocula Report Institutional critique in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial By Tess Maunder, Brisbane

Since the late 1980s the major concern for curatorial practice has been the rise of biennale culture; the impact this exhibition format has had upon both the production and reception of contemporary art internationally. Reflecting on this lineage and recent politics from within the Asia-Pacific region, it is apparent that exhibitions such as...

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A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor Ocula Report A report on Australian representation at the 56th Venice Biennale: 'All The World’s Futures' curated by Okwui Enwezor By Tess Maunder, Venice

On the 120th anniversary of its inaugural exhibition in 1895, Nigerian-born curator, Okwui Enwezor, has this year directed the 56th iteration of the Venice Biennale. Titled  All The World’s Futures, the exhibition is centred on re-articulating the politics of representation in the wake of colonialism. Since the nineties, the spike in...

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Richard Bell In Related Press

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Postcard from Brisbane
 Related Press Postcard from Brisbane
 27 September 2016, Frieze

As I write this, I’m on a long-haul flight from London to Brisbane, the sub-tropical capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. I’ve grabbed a copy of The Wall Street Journal and flip to its global weather forecast. It kindly includes both Sydney and Melbourne – however, the space between Boston and Brussels gapes cruelly. For...

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Biennale of Sydney program features dog walking as performance Related Press Biennale of Sydney program features dog walking as performance 22 February 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

A slew of live events and performances has been announced for the Biennale of Sydney, which opens on March 18. Over the opening weekend Justene Williams–known for her Dada-inspired immersive art environments – is working with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra to re-imagine Victory Over the Sun, a futurist opera first performed in St...

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Plastic Bongs, Chinese Mini-Zines, and Endless Labors of Love at the LA Art Book Fair Related Press Plastic Bongs, Chinese Mini-Zines, and Endless Labors of Love at the LA Art Book Fair 15 February 2016, Hyperallergic

Artist books and zines are the vinyl records of the book publishing world. They retain the romance of the physical book, often pushing the boundaries of narrative and form, but given the economics of contemporary art production, the vast majority tend to make little if any money and are often more a labor of love. At Printed Matter’s 2016...

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The safety of objects at Jakarta Biennale Related Press The safety of objects at Jakarta Biennale 26 November 2015, Artforum

With blockbuster biennials increasingly wedded to the galleries underwriting them, the term “biennial art”—the European second cousin of “commercial” art—no longer holds the same currency. When it comes to events off the beaten track, however, exhibitions often build credibility through following “biennial...

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