Matthew Barney, ‘Death Wish’, 2002, Phillips

Signature: signed, numbered and dated "Matthew B 02 4/10" on the reverse

Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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 His work is invested with layers of art-historical references, archetypal imagery, and historical re-enactment.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

Solo Shows

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

Group Shows

Lentos Kunstmuseum, 
Linz, Austria,
Der nackte Mann
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