Bill Henson

NGV FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Bill Henson presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes.

The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue Henson’s sensitive, sophisticated study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty year career.

Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form a powerful and enigmatic imaginative statement. Like much of his work, there is little that is explicit, and rather the works propose open-ended narratives and capture a transitory sensation.

A powerful sense of mystery and ambiguity can be found within the images, heightened by the velvet-like blackness of the shadows and the striking use of chiaroscuro to selectively obscure and reveal the form of the nudes, sculptures and the landscape itself.

The exhibition is presented within the Level 2, 19th – 20th C Art & Design Galleries at NGV International. In this unexpected location Henson’s photographs can be seen in proximity to some of the masterpieces of the NGV Collection.

featured image:
Bill HENSON
Untitled
inkjet print
127.0 x 180.0 cm
ed. 5/5
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of William Donald Bowness through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016
2016.717
© Bill Henson Copyright (C) reserved

Highlights from the MGA Collection

9 May 2015 to 12 July 2015

Coinciding with MGA’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition is a celebration of the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. The collection was established by the Waverley City Gallery in the 1970s, before being transferred to MGA when it was opened in 1990. This collection developed a specialist focus on the medium of photography in the 1980s, and MGA has retained and refined that focus over the last 25 years. The now nationally significant collection currently holds over 2400 works and is the only collection in the world that is exclusively dedicated to Australian photography.

This exhibition brings together a selection of key works from the collection. It includes photographs by artists such as Polly BORLAND, Pat BRASSINGTON, Olive COTTON, Max DUPAIN, Bill HENSON, Carol JERREMS, Rosemary LAING, Ricky MAYNARD, Tracey MOFFATT, David MOORE, Polixeni PAPAPETROU, Patricia PICCININI, Michael RILEY, Wolfgang SIEVERS, Mark STRIZIC, Darren SYLVESTER and Anne ZAHALKA to name just a few.

full list of works on display (pdf)

featured image:
Patricia PICCININI
born Sierra Leone 1965; arrived Australia 1972
Felicity 1996

from the series Your time starts now…
chromogenic print, printed 1997
acquired 1997 – MGA 1997.22