Carnivalesque

23 Jun – 28 Oct 2018

Location: Entrance court

Free admission

Fantasy, dark humour and a strong sense of theatre characterise the works in the Gallery’s entrance court.

From Grayson Perry’s sprawling, satirical Map of truths and beliefs to Del Kathryn Barton’s phantasmagoric come of things, these works invite us into worlds where cultures collide, familiar codes and images are turned upside down and inside out, and metamorphosis reigns. Some of the artists seem to be describing new rites and mythologies for our times. Other channel the energy and topical thrust of street art and urban graffiti. All of them reflect – and reflect upon – our complex and contradictory era, when a surplus of information has produced an aesthetic of excess and overload.

Free admission

Image: Del Kathryn Barton come of things 2010 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Del Kathryn Barton. Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Contempo Group 2010