Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney

Matthew previewed his work River of Fundament at MIF13. River of Fundament been touring worldwide since its preview, for more information on the tour visit here.

Born in 1967 in San Francisco, Barney lives and works in New York and Reykjavik. Since graduating from Yale in 1989, Barney has made a rapid impact on the art world with exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1991, 1996 and 2000), Documenta 9 (1992), Tate Britain (1995) and the Guggenheim (2002).

In 1994 Barney embarked on the CREMASTER cycle, possibly his most complex work, which consists of five feature length films that he wrote, directed and performed in.  The cycle explores the creation of form gender and sexuality constructing a personal mythology. Alongside each film, Barney created sculptures, photographs and drawings relating to the themes and imagery within the cycle. An exhibition of the whole cycle went on public display at the Guggenheim in New York in 2002.

Barney’s Drawing Restraint series explores resistance and creativity, in particular, how the body respond to increasing resistance.  Drawing Restraint 9, perhaps the centrepiece of the whole series is a 143-minute film shot on digital video and transferred to 35mm film, featuring Barney himself.  The film fuses Japanese history and culture with Barney's own interests in metamorphosis and indeterminate states.

News about Matthew Barney

River of Fundament tour

River of Fundament tour

A film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler

Oct 31, 2013
River of Fundament

River of Fundament

by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler goes on tour

Feb 10, 2014
River of Fundament in America, Australia, Germany and around the world.

River of Fundament in America, Australia, Germany and around the world.

Read the latest news from our Apprentice Producer Tricia Coleman as she attends the European premiere in Munich.

Apr 16, 2014

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MIF Touring Update

MIF Touring Update

Tricia Coleman and Paul Clay update us on MIF Touring

Free half-term activity at The Biospheric Project

Free half-term activity at The Biospheric Project

First 5 people to book a tour get a £5 Blackfriars box and recipe card FREE.

River of Fundament

River of Fundament

by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler goes on tour

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