River of Fundament

A film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler
Produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation

Written and directed by Matthew Barney
Music written and directed by Jonathan Bepler

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 His work is invested with layers of art-historical references, archetypal imagery, and historical re-enactment.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

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

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