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Bill Henson
Mnemosyne
HC, 26 x 31 cm., 502 pp.
Scalo 2005
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"The object in my photographs is not always the subject." Bill Henson

In Europa ist Henson erst mit 'Lux et Nox' bekannt geworden, obwohl er in Australien seit 20 Jahren zu den führenden Künstlern gehört. In Deutschland war er ein Wegbereiter in der Thematik des third sex, das adolesziernde Sexualität vorführt, problematisiert, untersucht. 'Mnemosyne' gilt als Monographie seines über 35 jährigen Schaffens mit einigen Atem beraubenden Entdeckungen: eine lange Serie von close-up shots wartender Passanten, eine sensuelle Serie von Akt-Bildern über einen jungen Mann und die Collagen, die bereits 1995 auf der Biennale in Venedig zu sehen waren.

Published on the occasion of the artist's retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The book combines all groups of work that Henson has created up to the present: from his early Ballet pictures (1974), to his body and nude portraits (1977 ? 1986), from his photographs of street-crowds (1979 ? 1982) to his Baroque Triptychs (1983 ? 84), from his fantastic combinations of pictures taken in the Australian Suburbs and Egypt (1985/86) to his Los Angeles and New York nightscapes of (1987 ? 88), from his famous Cut-Out collages shown at the centenary Venice Biennale in 1995, to the portraits of adolescents and his magical color compositions for the Paris Opera (1990/91), and, most recently, a haunting selection of his images of children adrift in the wilderness of night (1997 ? 2004), many of these appearing for the first time. Bill Henson is a continent in photography to be discovered.