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The Summer Show : Art Now

The Summer Show : Art Now

And 'The Monstrous and the Sublime: James Gleeson & Deborah Kelly'
16 January 2021 - 28 February 2021

Our annual 'Summer Show' features stunning new works from the gallery’s established and early-career artists. Showing concurrently is 'The Monstrous and the Sublime: James Gleeson & Deborah Kelly'.  

The Monstrous and The Sublime: James Gleeson & Deborah Kelly

James Gleeson (1915 - 2008), artist, painter, critic and poet, and Australia's greatest surrealist, explored the inner workings of the mind through subconscious and mythological subjects and archetypes. Six small psychoscapes featured in the exhibition explore the human form in landscape. These surreal settings also evoke the interior world of the unconscious. Glesson's works are held in all State gallery collections and the national collection.

Deborah Kelly has spent decades accumulating discarded repositories of western civilisation: old books. With tiny, surgical-grade blades she dissects and reconfigures their references into obsessively detailed visions of other possible worlds. She is the recipient of national and international awards, including the Cayte Latta Award for LGBTI Visual Arts, the DuLac Award in Mexico City, the Albury Art Prize and Fisher's Ghost Award. Kelly is currently working toward founding a queer insurrectionary science fiction climate change religion, called CREATION. Its traces will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, from 26 March to 29 August, 2021.

For one week, Wagner Contemporary is hosting the 'Monstrous and the Sublime: James Gleeson & Deborah Kelly', an expansive show of works from both artists - coinciding with the opening of Mardi Gras week. 


Collage, gold leaf paper size 40 x 40cm $4500
Lena Pwerle 'Soakage' acrylic on canvas 150 x 270cm $18,800