Exquisite visuals are the order of the day for two-time Archibald prize-winner Del Kathryn Barton who is being celebrated in the largest ever exhibition of her work at NGV Australia, at Federation Square opening today.
Featuring roughly 150 new and recent works by Barton, the exhibition simply titled, Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco includes her famed Kaleidoscopic portraits, a large-scale sculpture in homage to her mother and Barton’s short film RED, starring Cate Blanchett.
NGV Director, Tony Ellwood says she is considered one of Australia's most popular artists. “[Barton] is renowned for her highly intricate and distinctive hybrid forms, that break down boundaries between humans and nature.’
‘With a practice spanning art, fashion and film, Barton’s psychedelic images reveal her personal responses to the human experience,” he said.
This show is deeply personal for Barton with the debut of her new sculpture, At The Foot of Your Love, which has been created in response to her mother’s terminal illness. Other works include Sing Blood-Wings Sing which is Barton’s newest and largest painting to date, and comprises of five panels and is over 10 metres in length.
The exhibition also has Barton’s acclaimed film RED, where Cate Blanchett plays a mother re-enacting the redback spider's deadly mating ritual. In RED, Barton conveys the strength of women, the visceral power of female sexuality and encapsulates Barton’s multiple interests in feminism, nature and the maternal figure.
An Australian artist, Barton was born in Sydney and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, in the University of NSW. She won her first Archibald prize in 2008 for her self-portrait with her two children and in 2013 for her portrait of Australian actor Hugo Weaving.
See Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway Is A Disco exclusively at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from the 17 Nov- 12 March 2018. Entry is free.
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Dates: 17 November - 12 March 2018
Location: NGV Australia (Federation Square, Level 3)