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Matthew Barney (1967 - )

The US born artist Matthew Barney imitates a pose of the sculptures of classical antiquity.
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Matthew Barney (born 1967 in San Francisco) is a contemporary media artist working with film, video installations, sculpture, photography and drawing.

Barney spent his youth partially in Idaho, where he regularly played football in his high school team, and partially in New York City with his mother, who introduced him to art and museums. This intermingling of sports and art would inspire his later work as an artist. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1989. He also spent time as a model.

The film series The Cremaster Cycle is Barney's best-known work. De Lama Lamina (Of Mud a Blade) [1] (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041008/film_nm/art_barney_brazil_dc) premiered in September 2004.

Matthew Barney won the Europa 2000 prize at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993. In 1996, he was the first recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize, awarded by the Guggenheim Museum. Currently he is working on Drawing Restraint 9.

He and Björk have a daughter, Isadora, who was born in 2002. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Barney [Apr 2005]

Matthew Barney: Cremaster Cycles (2003) - Matthew Barney

  • Matthew Barney: Cremaster Cycles (2003) - Matthew Barney, Nancy Spector, Neville Wakefield [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    The definitive user’s guide and then some to Matthew Barney's epic five-part epic film series, The Cremaster Cycle is filled with hundreds of Barney’s fantastical images and surveys the project, which uses the biological model of sexual difference as its conceptual departure point. Three essays by Barney experts articulate the series’ diverse themes and explore the artist’s innovative aesthetic vocabulary; interviews with key collaborators, a composer, costume designer, make-up artist, technicians and actors reveal his working process. In addition to stills from the five films--including the final episode, Cremaster 3--the book features related sculptures, photographs, drawings and storyboards. For anyone intrigued by the Wagner of contemporary art, this is an atlas to his enticingly hypnotic worlds. --amazon.com

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