David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

John Pfahl: Extreme Horticulture
January 26, 2002 - March 10, 2002

Extreme Horiticulture includes photographs taken over the last three years in private and public gardens around the US. Continuing the artist's interest in nature and man's effects on nature, the exhibition illustrates nature at its most rigorously controlled: in landscaped and manicured gardens throughout the United States. Subjects range from the sublimely beautifulBirch Allee at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron, Ohio, to the ridiculous Fifty-foot Inchworm, an azalea topiary at Cypress Gardens, Florida. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Fern Garden with Topiary, Lotusland, Montecito, CA, 2000

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Roy Lichtenstein: Metallic Brushstroke Head and Related Prints
January 1, 2002

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Metallic Brushstroke Head, 1994

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Before Reflection Begins: Jin Soo Kim, Wolfgang Laib, Ernesto Neto, Valeska Soares, Marisa Telleria-Diez
November 10, 2001 - December 30, 2001

Before Reflection Begins: Jin Soo Kim, Wolfgang Laib, Ernesto Neto, Valeska Soares, Marisa Telleria-Diez aims to emphasize the experiential and multi-sensory dimensions of art rather than its visual and aesthetic aspects. In this respect, all the works featured in the exhibit seek to engage the viewers in an experience that goes beyond sheer visual perception; an experience that is primarily bodily and pre-reflective, involving environmental space and body-movement, as well as other senses such as touch, smell, and sound. The participating artists—Jin Soo Kim, Wolfgang Laib, Ernesto Neto, Valeska Soares, and Marisa Telleria-Diez—each engage different sense-perceptions and raise the question of how meaning derives from sensory experience. By doing so, they reveal in their works pre-verbal, sensual meaning that operates via affection rather than cognition, in a domain of (pre)consciousness rather than rationalization, or, as French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty suggests, "before reflection begins...."

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: Wolfgang Laib, Milkstone, 1982/88

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Sean Scully: Walls, Windows, Horizons
September 8, 2001 - October 28, 2001

Sean Scully: Walls, Windows, Horizons presents Scully's recent paintings along his photographs, pastels, watercolors, and prints. The aim of the exhibition is two-fold: to reveal the artist's creative process rooted in the recognizable world yet expressed through abstract shapes; and to explore his interchangeable use of media and their mutual relationships. By juxtaposing Scully's painting vis-a-vis photography and other works on paper, the exhibition shows how certain motifs of concrete, visible reality— such as walls, windows, and doors are transported from photographs to paintings, as well as how certain colors and hues are transported from paintings to photographs. In addition, a selection of pastels, watercolors, and prints further emphasizes Scully's preoccupation with the same motifs, yet in different media. Although the scale and materiality of the paintings are seemingly sacrificed in the works on paper, something else comes in exchange—the softness and intimacy of paper.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
image: 11.11.97, 1997

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Recent Acquisitions by Yitzak Elvashiv, Richard Fleischner, Irene Lawrence, Howard Ben Tre
June 9, 2001 - July 8, 2001

This selection of recent additions to the gallery’s permanent collection featured four Providence artists who show their work widely throughout the country — Yitzak Elyashiv, Irene Lawrence, Richard Fleischner and Howard Ben Tré.

image: Richard Fleischner, Melon Eaters (Balkens), 1999

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Ann Fessler: Close to Home
June 8, 2001 - July 9, 2001

Ann Fessler's Close To Home evokes the sights and sounds of the rural Midwest, as it tells the autobiographical tale of a young girl who grew up in a river community and was later propelled—by coincidence, dreams, and fate—to the hometown of her biological mother at the headwaters of the same river. Premiering at the Bell Gallery, the multi-media installation is the latest in a series of works in which the artist addresses issues related to adoption. Fessler's greatest strength may be her ability to comment on highly personal subjects without falling into sentimentality. The videos are poignant and touching, but her intelligence, critical distance, and well-honed sense of humor save them from sentimentality.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: installation view

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Selections from the Collections: Drawings and Prints from the 16th Century to the Present
April 14, 2001 - May 28, 2001

Selections from the Collection focuses on the prints and drawings that dominate the Bell Gallery collection and represent its greatest strength. The exhibition aims to provide an overview of the collection’s prints and drawings rather than to arrange them according to specific subject matter, conceptual framework, or geographic location. Its organizational principle is governed by the aesthetic and historical merit of the artworks, but also follows a chronological order, dividing the works loosely into three main sections: old master, modern, and contemporary.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and Vesela Sretenovic
image: installation view with Robert Arneson, A Hollow Gesture, 1980 and Tom Wesselman, Nude, 1965

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Student Exhibition 2001
March 17, 2001 - April 1, 2001

An exhibition of artwork by Brown students presented by the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art. 

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False Witness: Joan Fontcuberta and Kahn/Selesnick
January 27, 2001 - March 11, 2001

False Witness includes installations by three artists—Joan Fontcuberta and the team of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick—whose work is grounded in the idea of the malleability of history, memory, and fact. Working with photography and texts (injected with a great deal of humor), they turn our belief in the truthfulness of photographs against us and create elaborate hoaxes that falsify historic events.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: installation view of Kahn and Selesnick, Transmissions from the Schottensumpfkunftig, 2001

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Kim Dingle and the Wild Girls
November 11, 2000 - December 31, 2000

Kim Dingle & the Wild Girls presents a survey of Dingle's work with particular emphasis on her rambunctious and sometimes violent alter-egos, Priss and the Wild Girls. Priss and the Wild Girls are modeled after Wadow Dingle, the artist's niece. Born with brain damage, Wadow was prone to violent outbursts as a child. In one way or another, and often with immense, dark humor, Dingle's art illuminates the role that race, gender, stereotype, and myth play in defining identity.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Hatchet, 1998

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Stephen Balkenhol
September 9, 2000 - October 31, 2000

The exhibition presents recent works by Stephan Balkenhol: free-standing sculptures and reliefs in wood, as well as prints on wooden panels that concentrate on the human figure, both nude and clothed. The majority of the works were produced in 2000 especially for this traveling exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in collaboration with the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Missouri.

Curated by Vesela Sretenovic
Image: installation view at Bell Gallery with Three Men on a Sculpted Pedestal in foreground

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Sleight of Hand: Work by Holly Laws and Larimer Richards
June 10, 2000 - July 9, 2000

According to Webster, sleight of hand refers to a "skill with the hands so as to confuse those watching, as in doing magic tricks . . . ." The artists Holly Laws and Larimer Richards rely on such a device of "trickery or magic" to point to the deceptive and illusionary aspects of art that are never fully graspable, but rather implied. Holly Laws's installation LIMN is comprised of small, disembodied wooden legs decked out in elaborately crafted shoes that are at once amusing and disconcerting. Larimer Richards creates installations (videos projected onto objects and sculpture) which fool the eye and entertain the spirit.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
image: Larimer Richards, Night Lite, 1997 

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