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Matthew Barney – Sammlung Goetz Catalogue

This book was produced in collaboration with Matthew Barney to accompany the 2007 exhibition of the Goetz collection of Barney’s work. In this exhibition the Cremaster Cycle was presented as a soundscape installation where all five films were played at the same time in close proximity as an immersive experience. In addition, his latest work (at the time) Drawing Restraint 9 was shown. The catalogue, takes you through the exhibition with numerous installation shots (including the vitrines for all of the Cremaster films) and texts; there are also interviews with Barney himself and composer Jonathan Bepler who creates the scores for Barney’s work. The catalogue itself is very different to the standard format Barney uses. The edges of the book are dyed turquoise and the covers are wrapped in silk with the title stamped on. The book was limited to a few thousand copies but is still available at many online bookshops.

Matthew Barney – Cremaster 2

Cremaster 2, released in 1999, was the fourth installment of Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. The film has a circular narrative that intertwines the life and death of murderer Gary Gilmore with Harry Houdini who was rumoured to be Gilmore’s grandfather. Throughout the film bees are used as an allegory of Gilmore’s struggle with his destiny. The film opens with a seance where the spirit of Houdini is summoned and the conception of Gilmore is seen. The film then progresses to the murder of the gas station attendant that resulted in Gilmore’s capture. In this sequence, two Mustangs are joined together on a gas station forecourt, depicting the relationship between Gilmore and his partner Nicole Baker, both of who owned similar cars. The shooting of the station attendant moves the narrative to the trial and to Gilmore’s execution which is portrayed as a bull rodeo to the death on the Utah salt flats. In death, Gilmore’s life is linked back to Houdini through the depiction of his grandmother meeting with Houdini at the Columbian Exposition Hall, an act that sets in motion the circular narrative.

The catalogue produced for the film contains numerous production shots, drawings and associated artwork. As with all of his books, it was lavishly produced with numerous 4 panel foldouts and comes in a blue plastic slipcase, embossed with the Cremaster 2 emblem.

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Matthew Barney – Pace Car for the Hubris Pill

Pace Car for the Hubris Pill is a catalogue that was designed by Matthew Barney to accompany his exhibition of the same name that toured Europe in ’95-96. The exhibition included his well known films Cremaster 1, Cremaster 4 and Drawing Restraint 7 alongside lesser known earlier works OTTOshaft, Facility of Incline and Facility of Decline. As with many of Barney’s books, it included stills from the films alongside associated drawing and sculptures. The book contained a number of gatefold pages and the book was held inside a screenprinted vinyl casing, a common feature of many of Barney’s books. The print run was limited to 2500 copies, making the book highly collectible.

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Matthew Barney – The Cremaster Cycle (Beaux Arts Catalogue)

In 2002, Matthew Barney presented his entire Cremaster Cycle for the first time in France. The exhibition, held at the Musee D’Art Moderne’s ARC site, combined the films with sculptures, drawings and site specific installations related to the films. To accompany the exhibition, Beaux Arts created a catalogue that highlighted the themes of the individual films; whilst it only runs to 32 pages it is oversized, well printed and contains a plan of the exhibition along with an essay.

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Beaux Arts

Beaux Arts

Beaux Arts

Beaux Arts

Beaux Arts

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.

Matthew Barney is represented by Gladstone Gallery in the USA and Sadie Coles HQ in the UK.

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

Matthew Barney - Cremaster 4

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