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Untitled 1995/96



Bill Henson


1955 –

Alternate image of Untitled 1995/96 by Bill Henson
Alternate image of Untitled 1995/96 by Bill Henson
  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    diptych: 2 type C photographs, adhesive tape, pins, glassine

    a - left panel, 305 x 245 cm

    b - right panel, 250 x 179 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c. verso [a], black fibre-tipped pen "...Bill Henson...1995/96...". Signed and dated c. verso [b], black fibre-tipped pen "...Bill Henson...1995/96...".

    Purchased 1996
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Bill Henson. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

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    Bill Henson

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  • About

    This diptych is an important companion to the single work (Untitled 1994/1995 221.1996). It was completed a year later but it remains within the series which was exhibited at the Biennale of Venice in 1995.

    Henson’s ‘cut screens’ of the mid 1990s allow for disorienting effects of both flesh and ground on a scale that he had not attempted previously. Bodies and landscapes are cut up and what had been manipulated through the camera lens or in the darkroom was pushed to extremes through the use of collage: white shards of photographic paper stuck down with layered images taken at various places and times. In these, bodies merge into each other and into the landscape. Sometimes the effect is Arcadian, at others infernal. The profusion of figures sinking into the darkness, set against mountain peaks or remote city vistas, and sliced with white can produce the shock experienced before paintings of flayed carcasses, or the fascination caused by glimpses of distant forms dappled with light.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Bill Henson and Judy Annear, Mnemosyne, Sydney, 2005, 424-5 (colour illus.).

Other works by Bill Henson

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