Posted on 20 November 2012.
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. A master of light and dark in the tradition of the great European masters, he brings together in his work the formal and classical with the gritty, casual dramas of the everyday. His powerful and edgy photographs are both painterly and cinematic.
Henson’s work has been shown in the public domain since 1975, when he held his first solo show at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since then he has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and the Centro de Fotografia in Spain. In 1995 Henson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale. A comprehensive survey of his work was staged at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2005. Henson’s work has been included in group exhibitions worldwide at prestigious venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Two major monographs have been published on Bill Henson’s work, Mnemosyne (2005) and Lux et Nox (2002).
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Posted on 12 June 2012.
New York set the scene last week for the launch of Karl Lagerfeld and long-time French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s latest collaborative project, “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited”. The project, a photography exhibition and much awaited coffee table book showcases black-and-white photographs, shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself that pay homage to the iconic clothing piece.
More than a hundred celebrities, actors, artists, singers, and rock stars, each with their own individual flair, are shot wearing a black, tweed Chanel Jacket, to a surprisingly varied effect. “It’s play time with an item that is timeless” according to Lagerfeld. “The Chanel jacket has become the symbol of certain elegance, feminine, with an air of nonchalance, classic and timeless, that is of all times”. The proof is in the photographs; Chanel’s Little Black Jacket remains to be a dynamic staple that can be worn by anyone, anyway.
The book is scheduled for release this spring.
Posted on 15 March 2012.
Internationally renowned German artist Thomas Demand is set to transform an entire floor of the iconic Harry Seidler-designed MLC building in Sydney’s Martin Place for a new project entitled The Dailies, opening 23 March 2012.
Demand is installing his new series of photographic works inside 15 identical hotel rooms of the historic Commercial Travellers’ Association, that revolve around a long circular corridor.
The photographic works recreate small fragments from the architecture and interiors of daily life – poetic details Demand describes as ‘The Dailies’ like rushes from films or daily newspapers.
Presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, Demand is the 25th artist project presented by the organisation and represents a world first for Australia. Running from 23 March until 22 April 2012, The Daillies allows rare public access to the unusual mushroom-shaped building.