Bill henson created the paris opera project series in 1990. Bill henson untitled paris opera project type c photograph 127. Henson s use of high grain and low resolution give a textural, soft and painterly feel. Bill hensons operatic portrait series of conductor simone. The book is large enough to truly appreciate bill henson s sublime photography. Henson uses long exposure times for technical, aesthetic and conceptual reasons. Bill hensons photographs, first exhibited at robert miller in 2004, demonstrate the artists interest in the duality of nature and artifice, in adolescence, and in the distinction between male and female. Henson s photos are often grainy this is because they are either taken at night or with low lighting, requiring fast film to balance the light reading. Works by bill henson sorted by artist surname viewing all 77 results none on display at the gallery, view 77 with. Known for his brooding imagery and exacting artistic. Henson has exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as the solomon r.
Bill henson untitled from the paris opera project series type c photograph x cm irreg. What i was interested in terms of paris opera series was that whole strange business of finding oneself with a whole lot of other people gathered in a darkened space, such as the opera, awaiting some special event. His use of composition, light and subject matter draw you in, craving more. Bill henson untitled 199091 from the paris opera project. Lux et nox introduced me to the genius and allure of bill henson s work. Bill hensons art issome distance from the association of the camera with the literal world. From our team here at ngv, wed like to express our very best wishes to our community at this time. Mar 11, 2017 melbourne photographic artist bill henson is showcasing recent works 2008 2011 with a major solo exhibition that boldly begins the ngv festival of photography, the largest display of contemporary photography in the gallerys history and the first since the institution opened its doors in 1967. Bill henson is one of australias most notable leading contemporary photographers. In 1990, bill henson was commissioned by the paris opera house to produce a series of photographs inspired by the culture and atmosphere of the opera. Oct 20, 2009 paris opera project, 199091 from a series of 50 type c photographs. Bill hensons first solo exhibition, held at the national gallery of victoria in 1975 when he was 19 years old, heralded the beginnings of a unique photographic vision of the australian landscape. Bill henson from the series paris opera project, 199091.
Type cphotographs in 1990, henson was commissioned by the paris opera to produce a series. Guggenheim museum in new york, the venice biennale, the national gallery of victoria in melbourne, australia, the art gallery of new south wales in sydney, australia and the bibliotheque nationale in paris. For large items, we may use a specialised art carrier. This image almost feels like an old european painting to me, the soft lighting is just so pretty. Mar 14, 2017 photo the second portrait in bill henson s triptych of simone young. Cloud landscapes, art gallery of nsw, sydney, until september 22. He is known for a succession of moody photographic series, in which figures move seemingly out of normal time and space within strange unhomely places and spaces. After documenting onsite in paris, henson returned to his studio. Bill henson is one of australias most acclaimed and widely known contemporary artists his work has been exhibited extensively in the most high profile galleries both here and abroad, he represented australia in the venice biennale in 1995, and was the subject of an incredible retrospective exhibition at the art gallery of new south wales and. Npg curator penny grist said sayers, who died in 2015, had loved henson s evocative portrait series paris opera project and wanted to buck the publics expectation that portraits were dull. May 05, 2008 with the paris opera house series, you spoke about a universal primal reaction to music that is beyond class distinctions. He began in paris for the initial idea but in fact the final series was completed back home in his melbourne studio.
He was commissioned by paris opera to respond to the operatic experience within the paris opera house. Untitled 199091 location not on display further information. Bill henson paris opera series, selected works penrith. Bill henson, untitled 199091 from paris opera project series. Known for his brooding imagery and exacting artistic process, henson alludes to the darkness of caravaggio, the lightness of purcell and the drama of wagner. The light fades but the gods remain opens tomorrow 27 july 29 september at the monash gallery of art. Due to the evolving nature of covid19 and after following closely the state and federal governments advice, we have extended the ngvs temporary closure until 30 june. Bill henson was commissioned in 1990 to produce as a cultural space, a sense of the national opera theatre of paris.
Ltd, fellow, 1991 courtesy of the artist and roslyn gallery, sydney. Photographs form the monash city council collection, march bill henson, recent works from 199596, roslyn oxley9 gallery, april may bill henson, works from the 46th venice biennale, museum and art gallery of the northern territory, april may bill henson, works from the 46th venice biennale, national gallery of victoria, may june. Born in melbourne in 1955, henson studied visual arts and design with louis athol shmith at prahran college of advanced education. Bill henson the design files australias most popular. In line with decisions made by the national cabinet as communicated by the nsw premier gladys berejiklian, the art gallery of new south wales has closed to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of covid19 coronavirus in the state. Born on october 7, 1955 in melbourne, australia, he briefly studied photography at the prahran college of advanced education. In celebration of mgas 25th anniversary, bill henson was commissioned to revisit the suburb of his childhood and to produce a new body of work that reflects upon his earlier series untitled 19851986, known by many as the suburban series. Henson chose to evoke the feeling of attending the opera by photographing the audience, rather than the performance. Henson s stark, signature aesthetic is characterized by his use of dramatic chiaroscuro lighting and bokeh blurred backgrounds, carefully employing light as a tool to highlight drama, terror, or awe. Learn more about the piece and artist, and place an advance bid now. Find an indepth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices.
Paris opera project, 19901991, paris opera project by bill. Bill henson australia 1955 paris opera project, from the series paris opera project. Bill henson born 7 october 1955 is an australian contemporary art photographer. Jimmy fallon, kristen wiig, will ferrell perform soap opera. The intensity and intimacy of his images broach the boundary of the painterly and the cinematic, combining both surface and depth to reflect a space between the mystical and the real. Bill hensons work is a compelling blend of romantic fulfillment and melancholic uncertainty. Find the latest shows, biography, and artworks for sale by bill henson. Louise maher, bill hensons operatic portrait series of conductor simone young back on show in canberra abc news australian broadcasting corporation, 14 march sebastian smee art walks a tightrope, the monthly, april 2017. These beautiful and mysterious images are characterized by chiaroscuro, translucent skin tones, and jeweltone colors t. Mar 24, 2018 bill henson created the paris opera project series in 1990. Very good documentary about photographer bill henson. Paris opera project 199091, bill henson history of our world.
On monday, henson will launch the australian centre for contemporary arts 2018 lecture series, uncommon knowledge. Bill henson s first solo exhibition, held at the national gallery of victoria in 1975 when he was 19 years old, heralded the beginnings of a unique photographic vision of the australian landscape. Purchased through the art foundation of victoria with the assistance of david syme and co. Bill henson untitled from the series paris opera project. Works by bill henson the collection art gallery nsw. Apr 24, 2018 bill henson, tolarno galleries, may 3 to june 2. Untitled 2777 from the paris opera project series by bill. Visiting the three great parisian opera houses several times over the year, he made a series of photographic sketches.
Apr 09, 2020 jimmy fallon, kristen wiig and will ferrell parodied a soap opera love triangle in a sketch via video chat on the tonight show. Mar 14, 2017 npg curator penny grist said sayers, who died in 2015, had loved henson s evocative portrait series paris opera project and wanted to buck the publics expectation that portraits were dull. Initially henson produced photographs on location at the paris opera house, but these were too documentary for his purposes. View untitled 2777 from the paris opera project series by bill henson on artnet. In 1990 henson was commissioned by the paris opera house to produce a series of photographs inspired by either the music or environment of the opera. This book will be one of scalo s major contributions to the understanding of contemporary photography.
Bill henson is a continent in photography to be discovered. Browse upcoming and past auction lots by bill henson. Bill henson 1955, diptych for sale badger and fox gallery. Bill henson untitled 1526, 199091 paris opera project type c photograph 127.
Published on the occasion of the artist s retrospective at the art gallery of new south wales, sydney, opening january 2005 and touring to the national gallery of victoria, melbourne. Bill henson menzies art brands australian art auctions. Henson, bill untitled 199091 paris opera young girl. The images he composes resonates with a profound sense of truth and finitude but the stories are never fully told and we are inevitably left in suspense as if something. The art of bill henson obsessions documentary youtube. Located on todman avenue between south dowling street and anzac parade.81 442 855 358 1369 685 967 1313 1252 796 1618 566 416 1320 347 542 6 816 1405 1492 1628 1438 792 442 1338 17 1307 928 30 88