Matthew Barney – Cremaster 4
I am a huge admirer and collector of Matthew Barney’s work (as you will see as the blog develops); it appeals to both the art admirer and the medical lecturer in me. I first became aware of him around 2002 when Cremaster 3 was exhibited as the final installment of the Cremaster Cycle. The Cremaster Cycle consists of five films which were created out of order over an eight year time period; The first of the films was Cremaster 4 in 1994, and the last, Cremaster 3. To explain the project would need a blog of its own but Matthew Barney has created a website which gives a great overview of the project. Each of the films has a catalogue associated with it, some more easy to come by than the others. Cremaster 4 is the holy grail of the catalogues and its hard to find a decent copy for less than £400. The catalogue is an oversized paperback and has numerous foldouts.