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Title

We Can Be Heroes

2014


Artists

Emory Douglas

United States of America

24 May 1943 -


About

Richard Bell and Emory Douglas’ collaborative project brings into conversation their respective art practices along with the Indigenous rights movements of Australia and the Black Power movement of America.

The controversial Bell is one of Australia's most renowned Indigenous artists. With a penchant for sarcasm he explores stereotypes and racism through his self-titled 'Liberation art'. Douglas may be considered in a similar vein as the Minister of Culture in the Black Panther Party who was also the art director, designer and main illustrator for the The Black Panther newspaper, creating iconic images that represented the struggles in America during the 1960s and 1970s.

'We Can Be Heroes' 2014 depicts the moment during the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games when Australian sprinter, Peter Norman stood in solidarity with African American sportsmen Tommie Smith and John Carlos to protest discrimination and inequality. Although Norman is remembered as an important advocate of civil rights within America, he remains relatively forgotten within Australian history.


Details


Place where the work was made

Brisbane Queensland Australia


Cultural origin

Brisbane


Date

2014


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

180.0 x 240.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

117.2015


Artist information

Richard Bell

Artist profile

Works in the collection

4

Artist information

Emory Douglas

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Brisbane

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • When silence falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 2015–29 May 2016


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'When silence falls', pg. 24-26, Sydney, Dec 2015-Jan 2016, 25 (colour illus.), 26.