Exhibitions

BIll Henson | 1985 -2021 | 21 May – 19 June

Bill Henson is an internationally renowned Australian artist who uses photography to capture the human condition in visual form. Drawing on his early training as a painter, Henson employs the history of art, particularly portraiture and landscape painting, to create large scale works that blend formal techniques with cinematography and dreamscape to skilfully evoke mood and drama. Henson’s work can stop you in your tracks and make you draw breath, or take you somewhere unknown. Cropped portrait close-ups and dramatic angles rupture the picture plane, allowing the viewer insight into the emotional landscape of an individual, experience, or place but asking that you add your own to it as well. Each image is a meaningful instant frozen in time, ambiguous but richly immersive. For his first solo exhibition at Starkwhite Bill Henson has selected key photographs from his long career that represent his practice at its finest. Overwhelmingly vast landscapes and ethereal portraits sit side by side – Henson isn’t afraid of life’s peak experiences and draws us closer to them too through his exceptionally beautiful surfaces and emotionally rich content.

Bill Henson will also be exhibiting at Starkwhite Queenstown in June 2021. In connection with the Wakatipu Music Festival Starkwhite will present several images from Henson’s acclaimed Paris Opera Project series. The painterly and cinematic references characteristic of his work are drawn on to visually represent the physical feelings stirred by music. Henson’s use of intense colour hues suggests the heightened emotive state music can produce and, juxtaposed with evocative moody night skies, alludes to spiritual transcendence.The photographs on display in Queenstown are an extract from the series of 50 images, the quantity and positioning of which was designed by the artist to reflect the rhythm and complexities inherent to musical scores.

Bio:

In 1995 Bill Henson was Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale and his ongoing commitment to the arts saw him awarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of New South Wales in 2005. Henson has developed an extensive international reputation through many high-profile exhibitions including those in New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Montreal, Barcelona, Vienna, and Amsterdam.

His work is in the collection of Tate Gallery, London, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Exhibitions

Current

Upcoming

Past

Layla Rudneva-Mckay | I Roll

15 February 2022 - 19 March 2022

Fiona Pardington | Tarota

16 November – 18 December 2021

Fiona Pardington | Tarota Preview

5 October – 7 October 2021

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17 August – 12 October 2021

Laith McGregor | Second Wind

3 July 2021 – 7 August 2021

Richard Maloy | Maternal Routine

3 June - 19 June 2021

The Auckland Art Fair 2021

24.02 - 28.02

Will Cooke | Every Wall Is A Door

15 January 2021 - 13 February 2021

Whitney Bedford - Bohemia

Seung Yul Oh: Horizontal Loop

John Reynolds: RocksInTheSky...

For Pink Pussycat Club | as part of THE BILL

Fiona Pardington | Childish Things

Seung Yul Oh memmem

Rebecca Baumann Once More With Feeling

SIGNALS

The Armory Show 2010 | 1001 Nights
an installation by John Reynolds

Art LA Contemporary 2010

ShContemporary 2008 | Gavin Hipkins, Hye Rim Lee, Jae Hoon Lee and Grant Stevens

Jonny Niesche | Poikilos | 17 November - 22 December

GEMMA SMITH - Thin Air

SLIPPERY PAINTING

Performative Geographies

Sampler 2020

Gordon Walters: From the Archive

Richard Maloy

Rebecca Baumann: New Work

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window | 17 August to 12 October

the artists in conversation, The Estate of L. Budd et al.

Art of Wine

Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti: Flagged

Clinton Watkins

Yuk King Tan

Sampler 2019

TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland

AM/PM/AM

BILLY APPLE® is N=One

Ani O'Neill

Laith McGregor | Second Wind | July 3 - August 7

Alicia Frankovich

Martin Basher: Untitled

The Estate of L.Budd_et al.

Gavin Hipkins: Block Units

John Stezaker: Collages

Grant Stevens - The Mountain and the Waterfalls

Gordon Walters

Sampler

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Len Lye: Love Springs Eternal

Richard Maloy | Things I have Seen

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

Martin Basher | Devil at the Gates of Heaven

Daniel von Sturmer, Luminous Figures

Martin Basher | Hawaiian Tropic

Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle

John Reynolds 2017

BIll Henson | 1985 -2021 | 21 May - 19 June

On the Grounds

Billy Apple

Beyond Landscape

John Reynolds | WalkWithMe...

Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

Matt Henry | Analogues

Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

Material Candour 2016

Fiona Pardington | 100% Unicorn

Layla Rudneva-Mackay: Running Towards Water

Martin Basher Birds of Paradise | 13 April - 14 May

Clinton Watkins | lowercase

Whitney Bedford 2016 | Lost and Found

Alicia Frankovich | The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations

Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator

Gavin Hipkins | Block Paintings

Gordon Walters: Gouaches and a Painting from the 1950s

In Motion

Laith McGregor | Somewhere Anywhere

Starkwhite Queenstown | New Location

TOTEM | A Starkwhite exhibition curated by Mary Morrison

Group Show

Martin Basher | Jizzy Velvet

John Reynolds BLUTOPIA

Gavin Hipkins Erewhon

Grant Stevens Hold Together, Fall Apart

Michael Zavros Bad Dad

Not Another Art Fair | 24 February -3 April

THE ANALYSIS OF BILLY APPLE®

Layla Rudneva-Mackay

Lovers

Glen Hayward I don't want you to worry about me

Matt Henry High Fidelity

Richard Maloy All the things I did by Richard Maloy

Li Xiaofei

John Reynolds Vagabondage

Clinton Watkins Frequency Colour

BAZINGA! curated by Robert Leonard

Starkwhite Queenstown 29 January - 26 February

Whitney Bedford: This for That

Jin Jiangbo: Rules of Nature

Martin Basher

Billy Apple®: $9,020 AND $5,750 TOP UPS

Jim Speers Long Days

Ross Manning: Field Emmissions

Peter Peryer Edition

Jae Hoon Lee Antarctic Fever

Greetings from Los Angeles curated by Brian Butler

Seung Yul Oh HUGGONG