FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Bill Henson: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY10 Mar – 27 Aug NGV International
Bill Henson presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes.
The images in this exhibition are drawn from a body of works created between 2008 and 2011 and continue Henson’s sensitive, sophisticated study of the human condition, which he has realised over his forty year career.
Each of the works included has a palpable sense of the cinematic and together they form a powerful and enigmatic imaginative statement. Like much of his work, there is little that is explicit, and rather the works propose open-ended narratives and capture a transitory sensation.
A powerful sense of mystery and ambiguity can be found within the images, heightened by the velvet-like blackness of the shadows and the striking use of chiaroscuro to selectively obscure and reveal the form of the nudes, sculptures and the landscape itself.
The exhibition is presented within the Level 2, 19th – 20th C Art & Design Galleries at NGV International. In this unexpected location Henson’s photographs can be seen in proximity to some of the masterpieces of the NGV Collection.
Donated through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program by William Donald Bowness, 2016
William Eggleston Portraits: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY17 Mar – 18 Jun NGV International
William Eggleston is one of the most important photographic artists of the twentieth century. This Australian exclusive major exhibition travels from its critically acclaimed showing at the National Portrait Gallery, London and is the first exhibition of Eggleston’s photographs to be exhibited at the NGV.
Eggleston holds an ongoing influence for subsequent generations of photographers and artists. He is best known for his pioneering use of colour and images of suburban life in the Southern United States.
This exhibition is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to Eggleston’s remarkable portraits. These works capture family, friends, casual acquaintances and strangers in a series of eloquent, poetic character studies and collectively form a social portrait of a time, place and way of life.
American filmmaker Sofia Coppola cites Eggleston as an inspiration and reference in her movies, and has described the experience of viewing his work as, ‘having your breath taken away’.
Exhibition organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, with support from the artist and the Eggleston Artistic Trust and presented by the National Gallery of Victoria.
Zoë Croggon: Tenebrae: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY17 Mar – 30 Jul NGV International
As part of NGV Festival of Photography, Melbourne artist Zoë Croggon has been commissioned to produce a new body of work, comprising an immersive environment created using photographic collages, video and an especially produced wallpaper.
Her work draws on her interest in the traditions of photo-collage, as well as sculpture, video and drawing. Croggon’s recent practice has culminated in merging disparate images, found and gathered, into deft and delicate collages.
Drawing on personal experiences of studying ballet and dance, her photo-collages see human forms in visual dialogue with images of architecture and natural sites, sourced from magazines, newspapers and books.
Ross Coulter: Audience: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY17 Mar – 16 Jul NGV International
Ross Coulter’s Audience is a photographic series that documents audience members who were photographed in more than seventy Melbourne galleries and museums between 2013 and 2016. Coulter invited members of the local art community to attend a photo-shoot and they were instructed to imagine viewing a performance art event. Drawing on the visual language of 1970s performance art documentation, the work constructs a photographic archive of audiences. As an installation, comprised of more than 400 photographs, the work is a form of performance for the camera, whilst also recording the appearance, dress and body language of various social groups at a particular moment in time.
Contemporary Photography: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY17 Mar – 30 Jun NGV International
Photography is one of the most diverse and prolific areas of contemporary art, including the work of multi-disciplinary artists and practitioners who see themselves in the more traditional guise of ‘photographer’. As part of the NGV Festival of Photography, explore two galleries dedicated to new acquisitions by international and Australian emerging and established artists. Works actively collected by the NGV in recent years include some of the most challenging and exciting photographers working today, such as Elad Lassry, Sophie Calle, Paola Pivi, Pieter Hugo, Danny Singer, Ceal Floyer, Lucia Koch, David Rosetzky, Polly Borland, Adam Fuss and Thomas Demand.
Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition: FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY31 Mar – 30 Jul NGV Australia, Federation Square
Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition is the first comprehensive exhibition of the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist. An avid collector, Patrick Pound is equally interested in systems and the ordering of objects: an attempt, perhaps, to make things coherent. As Pound says, ‘to collect is to gather your thoughts through things’.
Through complex arrangements and installations of objects drawn from the artist’s expansive archives, Pound’s work playfully and poetically explores the art of collecting, and the ways in which things can hold and project ideas.
For this exhibition Pound has created several vast new collections, which he describes as ‘museums of things’. Objects that are seemingly redundant or overlooked are meticulously collected by the artist and put back into ‘use’ in these museums.
There are museums of falling, sleepers, and of holes. The Museum of there not there houses objects ranging from a souvenir spoon to a mask, a mourning locket to a painted ruin – one thing standing in for another. Within each museum a new logic or narrative is created for the viewer to unravel or identify.
In several of Pound’s museums, works from the NGV Collection are grouped into their own categories or sit alongside his ‘things’, with the artist inviting us to rethink these works and consider what it means to collect.