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Title

Untitled Sequence 1979 , from the series Untitled Sequence 1979

1979

Artist

Bill Henson

Australia

1955 –

Alternate image of Untitled Sequence 1979 by Bill Henson
Alternate image of Untitled Sequence 1979 by Bill Henson
Alternate image of Untitled Sequence 1979 by Bill Henson
Alternate image of Untitled Sequence 1979 by Bill Henson
Alternate image of Untitled Sequence 1979 by Bill Henson
  • Details

    Date
    1979
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    5 gelatin silver photographs
    Edition
    2/10
    Dimensions

    a - Untitled image No 16, 23 x 42.3 cm, image

    a - Untitled image No 16, 29.8 x 49.7 cm, sheet

    a - Untitled image No 16, 42 x 61 x 4 cm, frame

    b - Untitled image No 17, 23 x 42.3 cm, image

    b - Untitled image No 17, 30 x 49.8 cm, sheet

    b - Untitled image No 17, 42 x 61 x 4 cm, frame

    c - Untitled image No 18, 23 x 42.2 cm, image

    c - Untitled image No 18, 30 x 49.6 cm, sheet

    c - Untitled image No 18, 42 x 61 x 4 cm, frame

    d - Untitled image No 19, 23 x 42.3 cm, image

    d - Untitled image No 19, 30.1 x 50.5 cm, sheet

    d - Untitled image No 19, 42 x 61 x 4 cm, frame

    e - Untitled image No 20, 23 x 42.3 cm, image

    e - Untitled image No 20, 29.8 x 50 cm, sheet

    e - Untitled image No 20, 42 x 61 x 4 cm, frame

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated lower sheet [Nos.16-20], ink "...1979...Bill Henson BILL HENSON".

    Credit
    Purchased 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    183.1981.3.a-e
    Copyright
    © Bill Henson. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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    Bill Henson

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Bill Henson’s Untitled sequence 1979 is one of the most remarkable and encompassingly powerful statements produced in recent Australian photography. In fact it occupies a special territory, in subject matter, formal conception and psychological range, that is shared by no other photographic work in Australia. So many nuances and contrasts are threaded into the infinitely varied visual and psychological texture of the work: motion and immobility, naked and clothed, youth and age, the private and erotic resonated against the public and social response, composure and violence, interaction and isolation, vulnerability and withholding, prosaic incident versus monumentality and transcendence.
    The whole work is notably of and about the medium of photography, but it is a work that originates and finds its completion in the imagination.
    Bodies and faces – especially of the boy – are quickened by a sense of life in motion. Figures seem to be moving both towards and away from a moment of held focus, like objects moving in space and occasionally picking up paths of light that provisionally describe form. There is a strange evanescence and transmutation conveyed through figures that seem at once to assume and surrender corporeal being.
    Strong in its consciousness of the history of art, Untitled sequence 1979 is deeply informed also by the language of film and employs a non-narrative formal structure that has analogies with a major piece of music…

    Bernice Murphy, first published Australian Perspecta 1981, AGNSW, Sydney 1981 (revised), republished Bill Henson: Mnemosyne, Scalo, Zurich/AGNSW, Sydney 2005 p 132 (extract)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

Other works by Bill Henson

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