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Bill Henson’s (*1955, Melbourne, Australia) art has been exhibited in numerous prestigious locations, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and in 1995 he represented Australia at the Venice Biennale. His works can be found in over 40 internationally acclaimed collections, such as the Tate Collection in London, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.Read More
Often described as 'the greatest photographer in Australia,' Henson is a photographer of the human condition and an experimenter of remarkable skill and conviction. His imagery lets us glimpse into his magical world–a distant world of romance and exquisite beauty which the artist seems to somehow have dreamt rather than visited–where people and places are juxtaposed between loneliness and desire. His photographs reflect an interest in ambiguity and transition: the artist is a passionate and visionary explorer of twilight zones, of the ambiguous spaces that exist between day and night, nature and civilisation, youth and adulthood, male and female. His photographs of landscapes at dusk, of the industrial ‘no-man’s land’ that lies on the outskirts of our cities, and of androgynous girls and boys adrift in the nocturnal turmoil of adolescence are painterly tableaux that continue the tradition of romantic literature and painting in our post-industrial age.
Text courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie.
The light fades but the gods remain, the new Bill Henson exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), Melbourne, opens with a pairing of opposites. As you enter the exhibition, Untitled 42, 1985-86, a photograph of a suburban house with a front lawn at either dawn or dusk, is to your right.
In the space of five years, Australia has seen five prime ministers attempt to take the reins of an increasingly erratic and jittery federal parliament. In tandem, Australia’s art world keenly felt each twist and turn; moments of optimism were eclipsed by fear and doubt with the election of the right wing conservative government led by Tony...
Australian photographer Bill Henson is a master of chiaroscuro – his brooding images painterly studies in light and shade. "I painted and drew and made things out of clay constantly from earliest childhood," he explains to AnOther, "and only became interested in photography at the age of 13 or 14. Before that, I never imagined...
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