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: Skira Rizzoli
Born in San Francisco in 1967, Matthew Barney is among the most striking American artists on the contemporary art scene. The Bibliothèque nationale de France, in partnership with the New York Morgan Library and Museum, organizes the first retrospective of his drawings in France.
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Drawing has always been an incredibly important part of Matthew Barney’s practice: his first major work—completed while still at Yale Art School—involved him creating a wall drawing while harnessed to the ceiling of his studio. In this exhibition and accompanying catalogue, one hundred of the artist’s most important drawings are presented from his major series of works—including “The Cremaster Cycle,” “The Drawing Restraint” series, and most notably “Ancient Evenings,” the body of work that has occupied the artist in the last few years (and is based on Norman Mailer’s ancient Egyptian-inspired novel of the same name).
He made his name by spectacular performances combining sport with art, suspended from his gallery’s ceiling or climbing the walls and creating drawings in such a position. He achieved international recognition with his ‘Cremaster’ film cycle (1994-2002) where he appears transformed into different shapes, both animal and human, and journeys through a baroque, dreamlike world emanating a powerful hypnotic pull.
This exhibition and catalogue also represent a unique collaboration between the artist and the august Morgan Library, in which he was invited by the institution to mine their extensive holdings in order to include objects (drawings, manuscripts, etc.) in the installation of his work, to create an interesting framework around the many ideas the artist is exploring.
In addition to a major essay by curator Klaus Kertess, who considers the many themes the artist draws from, the book includes a poetic contribution by artist Roni Horn and an insightful text by Adam Phillips, noted psychoanalyst.
|Dimension||29.3 x 2.8 x 22.1 cm|