Bill Henson

Untitled, 1983-1984,
Type C, colour photograph
78 x 67 cm; 76 x 63 cm; 76 x 63 cm (triptych - illustration shows one work only)

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Provenance
Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne
Private collection
Olsen/Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
Private collection (1994-2000)
Auction, Christie‚Äôs Contemporary, Sydney, 13 August 2000, lot 3
Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Exhibited
Bill Henson Photographs, Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 15 June-7 July 1989, cat. 63

Literature
D Malouf & M Heyward, Bill Henson, Sydney, 1988, p.83
D Malouf & P Schjeldahl, Bill Henson Photographs 1974-1984, Melbourne, exh.cat.,illus. 58
Bill Henson: Mnemosyne, Scalo, Berlin, Zurich, New York, 2005, illustrated p. 273


"Bill Henson's art communicates before it is understood: his sequence of one hundred and twenty photographs Untitled 1983-84 possesses that quality, found in music, and in literature when it is working in the first instance dramatically, of mood or dominant tone established with such swiftness and strength that the mood becomes generic and is articulated through the work with a dynamic complexity." (M Heyward, Bill Henson, Sydney, 1988, p.43)

  • Untitled, 1983-1984

Detail, Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney


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Bill Henson is one of Australia's leading photographers. He has been working since the mid 1970s, with his first exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 1975 at the age of just nineteen.

His technique in staging and lighting tableaux in the studio, experimental printing processes that yield rich, painterly surfaces and his imagery of skies, landscapes and figures have left an indelible mark on the history of the medium.

A survey of Henson's work was mounted by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2005, travelling in 2006 to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The exhibition in both states drew unprecedented attendance figures for a showing of contemporary art in Australia. In 1995 Henson represented Australia at the 46th Venice Biennale with his unique and highly celebrated cut screen photographic works. In 2006 came the artist's second major international solo exhibition 'Twilight', installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

Most recently in 2013-2014, a focus exhibition dedicated to Henson's cloud landscapes was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Henson has been included in seminal group exhibitions including both the 1986 and 2000 Biennale of Sydney, and 'Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 -2002', at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2002.

Henson is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US where he is shown alongside Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe. His work is the subject of two extensive monographs 'Lux et Nox', 2002 and 'Mnemosyne', 2005; both published by Scalo, Switzerland.