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The Art Of Controversy: Richard Bell And Sandra Bernhard

Australian artist and Aboriginal activist Richard Bell and comedienne Sandra Bernhard both discuss their approach to controversy through art.

  • a patchwork background with the words we were here first

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    Photo: Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

    Richard Bell. Wewereherefirst, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 2 parts. 96 x 144 in. Private collection, Brisbane.

  • a woman drawn as a comic laughs with the words

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    Photo: Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

    Richard Bell. The Peckin’ Order, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x60 in. Private collection, Brisbane.

This week on Artworks, two artists and their approach to controversy.

Artist and Australian Aboriginal activist Richard Bell speaks with Yael Ksander about work and his exhibition Uz vs. Them which finishes its multistate tour at the IU Art Museum.

And comedienne Sandra Bernhard is bringing her one-woman show to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Friday, April 19. She spoke with Annie Corrigan from her home in New York.


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