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Title

Untitled (seated woman in skirt)

1976

Artist

Robert Besanko

Australia

1951 –

  • Details

    Date
    1976
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph on Kodalith paper
    Dimensions
    21.3 x 31.8 cm image; 28.1 x 35.6 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1979
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    328.1979
    Copyright
    © Robert Besanko

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    Artist information
    Robert Besanko

    Works in the collection

    6

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  • 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)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Robert Besanko

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