Into the pleasure zone: Del Kathryn Barton show is a jungly, fertile universe

By Stephanie Convery

The artist's new exhibition in Melbourne features a huge sculptural work and Cate Blanchett in a 15-minute film about the sex life of a redback spider

“We have to fight to preserve our child selves,” says Del Kathryn Barton.

It's the day before the opening of her new exhibition, The Highway is a Disco, at NGV Australia. There is still clanking, thumping and hammering going on inside the multi-roomed space that will house more than 150 of the two-time Archibald prize-winner's works for the summer. This will be the biggest exhibition of Barton's work to date, from the paintings that made her famous, to sketches, sculpture and film.

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