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Title

Untitled 1987/88, from the series Untitled 1987/88

1987-1988


Artist

Bill Henson

Australia

1955 -


About

In the late 1980s Henson began to explore a new way of presenting his photographs. Instead of creating one work composed of sequential images, he 'internalised' these multiple elements into one picture. In 1987 he produced his first large-scale 'cut-screen', using the subject matter of the metropolis with its nightlife and violence, its cold neons and implicit despair. The beauty of these images is disrupted when they are cut; they are then pinned and taped onto plywood screens. Most of the works are composed of a life-size central image surrounded by fragments of other photographs, often taken at different times or in different locations.

extract from Isobel Crombie, first published Bill Henson, 46th Biennale of Venice, Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency Ltd, Melbourne 1995, republished Bill Henson: Mnemosyne, Scalo, Zurich/AGNSW, Sydney 2005 p 383


Details


Date

1987-1988


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph on marine ply


Dimensions

187.0 x 127.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated c.verso, black felt tip "... 1987/88 Bill Henson (signature) Bill Henson".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

434.1990


Artist information

Bill Henson

Works in the collection

77


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, From the street: photographs from the collection, Sydney, 1996. no catalogue numbers

Bill Henson and Judy Annear, Mnemosyne, Sydney, 2005, 350 (colour illus.).

Victoria Lynn, Strangers in Paradise - Contemporary Australian Art to Korea, 'Dark Mirrors. The Photographs of Bill Henson', pg. 38-41, Seoul, 1992. cat.no. 10