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Heart of Artness

Siobhan McHugh

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Heart of Artness
31 min2019 OCT 10
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In 2003, Brisbane artist Richard Bell lambasted the white anthropologists, art historians, dealers and curators who presumed to judge Aboriginal art. Here he discusses Bell’s Theorem (Aboriginal Art: It’s A White Thing), racism and his rise from fringe-dweller to renowned contemporary artist, collected by London’s Tate Modern. His gallerist, Josh Milani, salutes Bell’s provocations: ‘The more he offends people, the more I put his prices up’.