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Matthew Barney Biography

Matthew Barney (b. 1967) is one of America's most significant living artists; over the past two decades he has evolved a practice that encompasses filmmaking, performance, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Current and recent major exhibitions include River of Fundament, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2014, touring to the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, November 2014 — April 2015; and Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, 2013, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2013-2014. His solo exhibition The Cremaster Cycle, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, travelled to the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Musée d'Art Moder ne de la Ville de Paris. The large-scale exhibition of the entire Drawing Restraint series was organised by the 21st Century Museum for Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and travelled to Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and Kunsthalle Vienna. He has received numerous awards including the Aperto prize at the 1993 Venice Biennale and the 1996 Hugo Boss Aw ard. The artist lives and works in New York

Matthew Barney, Cosmic Hunt (2020). Interactive map. © Matthew Barney. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. 

Matthew Barney Featured Artworks

Cosmic Hunt by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyCosmic Hunt, 2020Interactive map
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Diana with Quiver by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyDiana with Quiver, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
39.4 x 31.8 x 3.2 cm
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Makoi-Yohsokoyi by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyMakoi-Yohsokoyi, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
57.1 x 47 x 3.2 cm
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Avalanche Fence by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyAvalanche Fence, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
41.3 x 47 x 3.2 cm
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Occluded Front by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyOccluded Front, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
41.3 x 47 x 3.2 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Redshift by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyRedshift, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
33 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm
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Fire Lupine by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyFire Lupine, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
39.4 x 31.8 x 3.2 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Blue Reticle by Matthew Barney contemporary artwork
Matthew BarneyBlue Reticle, 2020Graphite and gouache on paper in high-density polyethylene frame
33 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery

Matthew Barney Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Matthew Barney, Cosmic Hunt at Sadie Coles HQ, London
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12 September–31 October 2020 Matthew Barney Cosmic Hunt Sadie Coles HQOnline Only

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Review: Redoubt Beautifully Stares at the Boundary Between Nature and Myth Related Press Review: Redoubt Beautifully Stares at the Boundary Between Nature and Myth 12 November 2019, Slant Magazine

Matthew Barney 's Redoubt is attuned to the grandiose and the spectacular. With its sweeping aerial shots of vast landscapes, homages to mythic narrative, and use of broad archetypes in place of three-dimensional characters, the film suggests something George Lucas might produce if he ever got tired of having the script explain his films'...

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‘Redoubt’ Review: Diana the Huntress Manifests in Idaho Related Press ‘Redoubt’ Review: Diana the Huntress Manifests in Idaho 12 November 2019, The New York Times

But the beauty of the imagery, and the specificity of what we are shown–the precision with which Diana measures her gunpowder, the care with which Engraver sets up a tripod and easel in the snow, the quiet joy with which Electroplater mixes the chemicals of the baths into which she submerges etched plates–build an emotional power that's unusual in...

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In Redoubt, Matthew Barney retells an ancient myth in a survivalist American landscape Related Press In Redoubt, Matthew Barney retells an ancient myth in a survivalist American landscape 1 November 2019, The Art Newspaper

Matthew Barney ventures deep into the mountains of the American West in his solemn new film Redoubt, now playing at New York's Film Forum, which retells the ancient legend of Diana and Acteon as a contemporary ballet with wolves and weapons in the snow. As tactile as his earlier works, and structured as a series of hunts at high elevation, the...

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A New Matthew Barney Film Retells an Ancient Myth in the American Wilds Related Press A New Matthew Barney Film Retells an Ancient Myth in the American Wilds 24 September 2019, Hyperallergic

Artist Matthew Barney returns to film this fall with his new feature Redoubt. It's smaller in scale than the cinematic work for which he's most known, such as the five-part Cremaster Cycle or the six-hour River of Fundament, but no less ambitious.

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