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Bill Henson Inspiration

So, I went to see the new Bill Henson exhibition on Friday and was surprised by how impressed I was.

I guess I had been expecting to show up and just see a bunch of photographs and was confronted with amazing works of art!

Various people have said similar things about his work and I never quite believed it, but in this case, seeing is believing. I can well understand why they sell for $30,000 (yes, 30k) each.

I don’t know my art well enough to name names, but the images have the same feeling to them as works of the old (dead) master painters.

So, this inspired me to play around more with lighting, i.e. experiment :)

Of course, then we went to have a sandwich and there in the deli was the Herald Sun with an article claiming that there were images of under age children in sexual poses. Obviously some drunk reviewer spent time on the company clock in the red light district instead of at the gallery. (Actually, I’m yet to find out where Melbourne’s red light district is, if it even has one). Reading stupid reviews like that makes me want to scream. Geezzz!

Go see it :)

New Bill Henson Exhibition – Wed 30th March 2011

A new exhibition of Bill Henson’s work is opening this Wednesday in Melbourne CBD.

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Wednesday 30 March 2011.

Tolarno Galleries
104 Exhibition St
Melbourne

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Here are some news articles from the Fairfax media (I would not even bother looking in any Murdoch media outlets for fear of polluting my brain with their bullshit).

Interestingly though there is quite a difference in attitude in the articles in the SMH and the Age even though they are both Fairfax. The SMH is much more conservative and panders more to the scaremongering from people who seem unable to distinguish nudity from erotica. The Age basically just says this is what’s on and Melbournians are not fussed about it.

Sydney Morning Herald:
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/no-lynch-party-for-new-henson-show-critic-20110328-1cd43.html

The Age:
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/bill-henson-back-on-show-in-melbourne-nakedly-unrepentant-20110324-1c8k8.html

The Age: Video report from his speech at Federetion Square last year.
http://media.smh.com.au/?rid=65127&sy=smh&source=undefined

The Age poll on whether people find Bill Henson’s art offensive:
http://www.theage.com.au/polls/controversial-career-20110324-1c86z.html

But wait !!!

Lo and behold, it turns out The SMH article is identical to the article in the Herald Sun (going back on my word not to look, I know) which appears to be from the AAP (Australian Associated Press, founded by Murdoch). Interestingly The SMH reference AAP while the Herald Sun does not.

Also interesting that Bill Henson does not appear to have his own website. Perhaps I can offer to build him one ;)