Bill Henson, Untitled #10, 2000-03.


Bill Henson

National Gallery of Victoria
180 St. Kilda Road and Federation Square
July 19 - July 10

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road The Domain
January 8 - April 3

Curated by Judy Annear

Although Bill Henson's photographs transform fragile teenagers and fraying landscapes into fever-pitch museum art, they've never been seen in any depth outside Australia. Solo shows at the Denver Art Museum in 1990, the 1995 Venice Biennale, and LA's Karyn Lovegrove Gallery in 1999 haven't compensated for this art-museum inattention, especially since Henson, a viruoso technician, sometimes masses his photographs in vast installations that require museum-size spaces. A pity, then, that this retrospective of 350 photographs from the past thirty years won't travel to the US or Europe, though the sumptuous publication, with essays by a raft of writers including novelist David Malouf, certainly will.

Travels to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Apr. 23–July 10.