The upcoming exhibition Bill Henson: Landscapes will mark the first major exhibition of photography at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum (CAGHM).
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. Born in Melbourne, Henson’s work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally since the mid-1970’s. Bill Henson: Landscapes presents a selection of Henson’s urban and rural landscape works made between 1997 and 2006. This exhibition is the first of its kind at Castlemaine Art Gallery, and complements the Gallery’s significant permanent collection, with its focus on the Australian landscape genre.
Henson’s atmospheric and ambiguous landscapes resonate with a cinematic intensity, their dramatic chiaroscuro at once revealing and concealing urban spaces, lonely country roads, and glimpses of nondescript bridges amid the inky depths of an encroaching natural environment. As photographs, they simultaneously contain evidence of something real, while also existing in the realm of the imagination.
Bill Henson: Landscapes is on display at Castlemaine Art Gallery from 30 April until 30 June 2016. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue, which has been produced with the assistance of major exhibition sponsor, the Gordon Darling Foundation.
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Image: Bill Henson Untitled 2001/02 2001–02, Type C photograph 127 x 180 cm (sheet) ed. 1 of 5 Collection of Annabel and Rupert Myer © Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney