marc bell

In his second solo exhibition, Marc Bell seamlessly combines his decade plus comics activities with his lifelong devotion to, as he calls it, “Fine Ahtwerks.” The result is over eighty drawings, watercolors, paintings and mixed media constructions of a fully formed visual world of tubular creatures, inexplicable landscapes, and nonsense words that imply narrative as quickly as they distract from it. One of the works in the exhibition is the long, scroll-like ink drawing on EKG paper “Supernatural Hot Rug and Not Used II,” 2004 – a composition teeming with Bell’s manically animated people and quasi animals amidst text rife with free-associations. In the mixed media construction “(Hide Behind Bloo Chip) Kid,” 2005, a complex melange of people, creatures, forms and buildings constructed from cardboard, we see his work has roots in masterful renderings, typography, and old-fashioned gags, but then grows into assemblages that bring his images into real space, and funny, seat-of-the pants comic narratives that give his characters an inner life. Visit the Adam Baumgold Gallery.

tropicalia… a revolution in brazilian culture

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In February 2006, as Brazil prepares itself for Carnival, the Barbican launches a major, three-month festival entitled Tropicália (13 February – 22 May), celebrating a revolutionary movement in Brazilian culture. Tropicália took its name from an installation created by Brazilian artist, Hélio Oiticica in 1967 and subsequently became the title of one of the most celebrated albums in Brazilian music history, featuring Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes.

The Graphic Imperative

Massachusetts College of Art and Philadelphia University present The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment 1965-2005. It is a select retrospective of forty years of international socio-political posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy and tolerance-collectively providing a window to an age of great change. Focusing on the issues of our turbulent times, these 121 posters endeavor to show the social, political and aesthetic concerns of many cultures in a single exhibition through delineating themes and contrasting political realities.

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