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Title

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Artist

Robert Besanko

Australia

1951 -


About

Robert Besanko's essential isolation as an artist has led to the evolution of a personal and poetic vision. One can sense in his fascination with simplified forms and composition a distinct shift away from realism towards something other-worldly - an effect accentuated by the subtle textural quality of the now obsolete Kodalith paper he used in the printing process.

Besanko's highly-aestheticised images of women are typical of his work from the 1970-80s. While they are sensual and sensitive studies, a strange and intentional spatial ambiguity implicates the viewer within the photographic act. The artist has suggested in an interview that:

'you are aware of what the image can become when you look at the subject. The signature is the lyrical line - the otherness - and the intimacy. I strive for the essence… but more as well. The eroticism is the humanity, if you do not deny it.' (The Age, 2 August 1988)


Details


Other Title

Nanette, back of woman, shadows and moles [descriptive title]


Dates

1976
printed 1985


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph on Kodalith paper


Dimensions

33.1 x 48.5 cm image; 40.4 x 50.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. sheet, ink and u.l. verso, pencil "Robert Besanko 1976". Dated u.r verso, pencil "..1985"


Credit

Purchased 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

499.1988


Artist information

Robert Besanko

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Judy Annear, What is this thing called photography?, Sydney, 1999. no catalogue numbers