Spanning a period of twenty-four years—from 1989 to 2013—the paintings, sculptures, and videos in SHE present a broad-ranging selection of contemporary depictions of women. Drawn from a private collection, the exhibition includes work by artists, such as Jenny Saville and Cindy Sherman, for whom the position of women in society is a primary concern, along with others who depict women more incidentally. Candice Breitz focuses on the portrayal of women in films, while the sometimes-controversial Lisa Yuskavage and John Currin reproduce images from popular magazines and soft-porn. The comic imagery of R. Crumb is channeled in Rebecca Warren’s crudely rendered female figures. Reworking historic painting styles, Glenn Brown and George Condo create outrageous and gloriously painted women. The idiosyncratic work of Yayoi Kusama is represented by an unusual painted self-portrait, while Chris Ofili's Orgena depicts an iconic African beauty (The title is a reversal of “a negro”). Finally, for Jeff Koons images of women are purely incidental—part and parcel of his Pop renderings. Reflecting the taste of the anonymous collector, the works in SHE combine to present a select overview of art and its approaches to women at the turn of the century.
Curated by: Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: George Condo, The Banker's Wife, 2011
This exhibition of works on paper from the permanent collection is organized around the David Winton Bell Gallery’s recent acquisition of twelve Hilla and Bernd Becher duotone lithographs, Framework Houses, (1970/1993). In 1959 the Bechers began meticulously documenting Germany’s industrial landscape and arranging groups of like images into gridded typologies. Their use of serial order and the grid as organizing principles paralleled the systematic procedures deployed by many minimalist and conceptual artists of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features work by the Bechers alongside that of Jennifer Bartlett, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella.
Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and Alexis Lowry Murray
Image: Hilla and Bernd Becher, Holzhäuser Straße 2, Allendorf, 1973/1993
The NCECA 2015 Biennial is an international juried ceramics exhibition organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and presented at the Bell Gallery in conjunction with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual NCECA Conference that will be held in Providence from March 25-28. Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Linda Christianson, Minnesota studio potter; Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the Bell Gallery; and Anders Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art. From a slate of 1149 entries, the jurors choose fifty-one works issuing from 17 states and Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, South Korea and Sweden. Works range from functional pottery to installations with associated video or computer programs.
Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: detail of Karin Karinson Nilsson, We Take a Deep Breath, 2013