2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

Art Gallery of South Australia


Judith Wright’s Tales of Enchantment invites us on a mesmerising journey through the artist’s imagination, as mythic creatures take flight and tableaus of mystery coalesce into four dramatically illuminated island-like groupings. Wright draws on her personal history as a dancer to create a theatrical and poetic odyssey for viewers of her installation, a key work in our 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres. Winged eyes and evocative figures from literary and classical sources become unlikely players alongside vestiges of ecclesiastical worlds. The work conjures half-remembered dream states and is a tour de force by one of Australia’s most respected senior artists. With Monster Theatres’ season now extended, Tales of Enchantment will remain on view at AGSA until 2 August.

Rhana Devenport ONZM

Director, Art Gallery of South Australia