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On 22 May , the opening night of Bill Henson's – exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Paddington, Sydney, was canceled after eight individual complaints were made to Police voicing concerns about an email invitation from the Gallery to a "Private View" that depicted photographs of a nude year-old girl. Bill Henson’s latest exhibition at Sydney’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, featuring 18 photographs (all taken between and ) of predominantly young boys and a few female nudes, is a far cry from his controversial exhibition at the same gallery. After years of pestering dealers to get his hands on a particular Bill Henson photograph, art collector and gallery owner Peter Maddison received a tip-off from a good friend.
Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Courtesy Roslyn Bill henson nude gallery
Gallery. Four years ago, the inclusion of works depicting a naked pubescent girl brought about public and media accusations of pedophilia and led to the forced closing of the exhibition by police. The current exhibition is risk free in comparison and suggests that Henson has moderated his vision with an eye to public mores. While the subject matter in these new works remains the same—naked boys and girls posed in deep chiaroscuro shadows—the models are neither lascivious nor sexual.