Matthew Barney

born 1967

Matthew Barney, ‘Cremaster 5’ 1997
Cremaster 5 1997
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Biography

Matthew Barney (born March 25, 1967) is an American contemporary artist who works in the fields of sculpture, film, photography and drawing, and whose works explore intertwining connections between geography, biology, geology and mythology, as well as themes of conflict and failure. His early pieces were sculptural installations combined with performance and video. Between 1994 and 2002, he created The Cremaster Cycle, a series of five films described by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian as "one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema." He is also known for Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) and River of Fundament (2014), as well as his past relationship with Icelandic musician Björk.

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Artworks

Matthew Barney Cremaster 5

1997

Matthew Barney Ottoshaft

1992

Film and audio

MixTate: Claude Speeed on Matthew Barney

For the second in our series, Berlin-based producer Claude Speeed takes inspiration from Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5 1997

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