Matthew Barney: Cremaster 3

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One of the most interesting artists to emerge in the 1990s, and hands-down… the most interesting when it comes to the way he works with video. --Jerry Saltz, Barney is the most important American artist of his generation… The tendency when talking about Barney is to get lost in the minutiae of his art, the work can seem ingeniously complicated or nonsensical, depending on one's inclination… Barney is ultimately the most important American artist of his generation because his imagination is so big… Art is supposed...
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Ostfildern, GERMANY & New York 2002 Softcover First Edition (BARNEY, MATTHEW). Barney, Matthew. MATTHEW BARNEY: CREMASTER 3. Ostfildern, GERMANY & New York: Cantz Verlag & ... Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2002. First Edition. Oblong 8vo. Pictorial Self-Wrappers. Artist Monograph. As New. np (204pp), profusely illustrated in color. Text in English. Designed by Matthew Barney and Tony Morgan. This is the copiously illustrated catalogue documenting Matthew Barney's film cum opera "Cremaster 3"; the fifth and final installment in the Cremaster Cycle (named after the muscle that raises or lowers a man's testicles in response to temperature). Beautifully art directed, and shot inside the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, this episode is part zombie, part gangster film set in 1930s New York, Saratoga Springs, and Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. The plot explores the Irish mob system, freemasonry, and Celtic lore as further symbols for the forces at play in Barney's mythological systems. A prist Read more Show Less

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One of the most interesting artists to emerge in the 1990s, and hands-down… the most interesting when it comes to the way he works with video. --Jerry Saltz, Barney is the most important American artist of his generation… The tendency when talking about Barney is to get lost in the minutiae of his art, the work can seem ingeniously complicated or nonsensical, depending on one's inclination… Barney is ultimately the most important American artist of his generation because his imagination is so big… Art is supposed to stick in your mind, and sometimes your craw. Barney's films do both. In the end, the "Cremaster" cycle can be seen as an allegory of the creative process itself, with sexual identity as a metaphor within it, but not the only metaphor. --Michael Kimmelman

Cremaster 3, the last in Matthew Barney's epic five-part film project, is part zombie, part gangster film. Set in 1930s New York and Saratoga Springs as well as Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the plot explores the Irish mob system, freemasonry, and Celtic lore as further symbols for the forces at play in Barney's mythological system. Named after the muscle that raises or lowers a man's testicles in response to temperature, the Cremaster series has featured Barney as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini, and even famous murderer Gary Gilmore, props made from tapioca, petroleum jelly, ice, and self-healing plastic, and settings as fantastic and desolate as the Isle of Man, an empty football stadium in Idaho, and a nearly empty opera house in Hungary. The films are slow-moving and weirdly hynotic, full of elaborate sexual and biological allusions, references to sports and fashion, and a bizarre mix of autobiography, history, and private symbolism that have earned him comparisons to Wagner. ~This book is the final of the five companion volumes published to coincide with the release of each of the Cremaster films. Each was designed in an original manner by the artist and features photographs and stills from the film it accompanies.

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Celebrated as a sculptor and performance artist, Barney has caused quite a stir in the contemporary art world with his Cremaster films. The cycle of films is a fevered, sometimes delirious, and often beautiful exploration of the competing forces of artistic creation and destruction. Cremaster 3 is the largest and final film of the five-part series begun in 1994 and shot out of sequence. Largely textless and filled with images of corpselike racehorses, dental torture, and a half-woman, half-cheetah figure, the scenes often take on a nightmarish quality. Shifting from New York sets to outdoor settings in Ireland and Scotland, Barney weaves concepts of mythology, architecture, and freemasonry together with the wool suits and hats of a 1930s gangster movie. The book is published in conjunction with an exhibition of films, stills, and photographs organized by the Guggenheim Museum and traveling to Germany and France in 2002-03. While this book of film stills and photographs cannot capture the same drama and emotion as the moving film, it nevertheless presents the artist's ideas in a whirling tapestry of extreme beauty, violence, horror, and compelling narrative. Recommended for libraries with strong contemporary art collections.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780892072538
  • Publisher: Guggenheim, Solomon R. Museum
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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