Matthew Barney, ‘Cremaster 5’, 1997, ClampArt

Edition 236/250

Signature: Signed in pencil, l.r.

About Matthew Barney

Known for large-scale multimedia projects—often made in series over several years—Matthew Barney is among the most ambitious artists of the past two decades. His work is invested with layers of art-historical references, archetypal imagery, and historical re-enactment. His best-known work, The Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002), is an epic story told through five feature-length films. One of the suite’s recurrent themes uses the biological process of sexual maturation as a metaphor for artistic creation and development. Much of the action is structured in a way that is or alludes to choreography. “My interest in dance has to do with the basic drama of an object in space, interaction with gravity, and the potential for the object to fall over or to fail,” he has said. The work was executed in collaboration with dozens of other artists, including Richard Serra and Norman Mailer. He was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 1996 and the Europa 2000 Prize at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

American, b. 1967, San Francisco, California, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2016
New York, NY, United States,
Matthew Barney: Facility of DECLINE
2015
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
WATER CASTINGS: Fourteen Pieces
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Matthew Barney: DJED
2003
New York, NY, United States,
Cremaster Cycle

Solo Shows

2016
New York, NY, United States,
Matthew Barney: Facility of DECLINE
2016
Astrup Fearnley, 
Oslo, Norway,
Matthew Barney: Bildungsroman
2015
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
WATER CASTINGS: Fourteen Pieces
2013
Pierpont Morgan Library, 
New York, NY, United States,
Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Matthew Barney: DJED
2010
London, United Kingdom,
Matthew Barney
2009
Brussels, Belgium,
Matthew Barney: Ancient Evenings: Libretto
2003
New York, NY, United States,
Cremaster Cycle
1991
New York, NY, United States,
Matthew Barney

Group Shows

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