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HEYWARD, Michael

Bill Henson (dust jacket design with seascape)

$75.00 AUD

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Melbourne : National Gallery of Victoria, 2017. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 75, illustrated. New copy of an out of print title, in mint condition, purchased new from the NGV at the time of publication.

The standard edition, printed with three variant dustjacket illustrations in equal numbers (marble sculpture, face of a girl and a seascape). A deluxe limited edition with original signed photograph was also issued.

‘His powerful and edgy images approach the painterly and the cinematic, bringing formal and classical qualities to the gritty, casual dramas of the everyday. This publication presents a selection of images, compiled by the artist, that range from sublime landscapes and nudes to classical sculpture shown in museum settings, all heightened by the velvet-like blackness of the shadows and the striking use of chiaroscuro to selectively obscure and reveal form. Henson’s nudes portray his subjects as self-contained, focused on internal reveries; his landscapes are photographed at twilight, underscoring the transitional mood of the moment; and his museum images juxtapose graceful marble statues against the transfixed visitors observing them. Beautiful, enigmatic and unforgettable, Henson’s images enliven our own sense of being.’ – the publisher.

Catalogue of an exhibition held at NGV International, Melbourne, 10 March – 27 August 2017 and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, 16 September – 11 December 2017.