Allen, C 2013, ‘Light in the Shadow: Bill Henson: Cloud Landscapes’, The Weekend Australian. (Allen 2013)
Review of exhibition: Bill Henson: Cloud Landscapes, AGNSW to September 22
Discussion of the significance of clouds in reference to the exhibition – & mythological references and references to other art works referenced by Henson’s works.
- Clouds less likely to be depicted in southern European latitudes art works than northern works – less rain – much more likely in e.g. Dutch, Constable (Turner)
- Small number of works selected for the exhibition – hanging order decided by Henson – (exhibition a collaboration between Judy Annear (senior curator of photography at AGNSW) who chose the works, and Bill Henson).
- Works juxtapose key figures (e.g. the youthful nude – ‘which suggests life only just coming to full consciousness’) with references to symbols of art, culture and civilization.
- All paintings are labelled ‘Untitled’ and range from around 2005 to the present
- The article describes several works in detail, giving the references to artists including Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Guido Reni, Carracci, Rembrandt, and mythological and biblical basis for the works cited.
- The hanging allows for a narrative reading.
- Photographs are semi-abstract and manipulated.
These images are of two of the works in the exhibition – sources from the online article. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/light-in-the-shadow-of-bill-hensons-photographs-at-the-agnsw/story-fn9n8gph-1226684871441