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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Bill Henson

b. 1955, Australia

Bill Henson is a widely acclaimed Australian contemporary photographer. Henson has exhibited extensively, both in his native Australia since his first solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 1975 at the age of 19, and internationally.

Henson's photographs explore themes of the Romantic movement such as the Sublime in contrast with intimacy found in the everyday moment. His use of chiaroscuro and a reduced palette coupled with a tendency to underexpose creates images that recall Flemish still-lifes and the works of Caravaggio. Henson, who describes his subject matter through shadow as much as through light, manages to evoke a sense of uncertainty and beauty, not only in his figure studies but also his photographs of seemingly banal landscapes such as those in his Suburban Series.

Bill Henson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and has been involved in a number of major exhibitions including Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center of Photography in New York (2003). A comprehensive survey of the artist's work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, in 2005 attracted record visitor numbers for a contemporary art exhibition in Australia.

Henson's work can be found internationally in public collections at the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

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Featured Artworks

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untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill Hensonuntitled, 2017-2018 collaged archival inkjet pigment prints dyptich
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Untitled #2 by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled #2, 2007–2008 Type C photograph
127 x 180 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Untitled #28 by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled #28, 2008–2009 Archival inkjet pigment print
127 x 180 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Untitled LS SH587 30M 2013/14 by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled LS SH587 30M 2013/14, 2014 Archival inkjet pigment print
160 x 152.5 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled, 2016 /17 Archival inkjet pigment print
127 x 180 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled, 2016/17 Archival inkjet pigment print
180 x 127 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled, 2016 /17 Archival inkjet pigment print
152.5 x 182 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Untitled by Bill Henson contemporary artwork Bill HensonUntitled, 2015 /16 Archival inkjet pigment print
180 x 127 cm
Tolarno Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Like Button at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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13 December 2018–19 January 2019 Group Exhibition The Like Button Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Bill Henson, Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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3 May–2 June 2018 Bill Henson Bill Henson Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Bill Henson Ocula Conversation Bill Henson Artist, Australia / Part two of a two part interview

Faced with the daunting, but intriguing challenge of interviewing one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Bill Henson, I did the contemporary obvious – I googled him.  The result was, as one would expect, slightly polarized. His recent withdrawal of work from the Adelaide Biennale following a police complaint had...

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In Related Press

Review: Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne Related Press Review: Bill Henson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne Art Guide Australia : 16 May 2018

As the lift doors open on Tolarno Galleries, where Bill Henson's latest collection of untitled photographs is currently on display, the subdued temple-like atmosphere is immediately affecting. It encourages a distinct downward-shift in gear from the bustle and blare of the street below. The blinds are drawn. The polished black surface of the floor...

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Close encounters at Auckland Art Fair Related Press Close encounters at Auckland Art Fair ArtAsiaPacific : 3 June 2016

If the big global fairs feel as familiar as ever, they are also increasingly alienating to many of us, because they have lost a core sense of intimacy and shared community. Generally they reflect the globalization of the market (Ai Weiwei is now perennially presented), but most often regional contexts are eschewed in favor of a grand mash-up of...

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Cuts run deep: Is Australia’s ‘coup culture’ killing its cultural heart? Related Press Cuts run deep: Is Australia’s ‘coup culture’ killing its cultural heart? Apollo Magazine : 25 January 2016

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...

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Bill Henson's Bewitching 'Anti-Portraits' of Ballerinas Related Press Bill Henson's Bewitching 'Anti-Portraits' of Ballerinas AnOther Magazine : 1 December 2015

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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