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Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle

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The definitive user's guide and then some to Matthew Barney's epic five-part epic film series, "The Cremaster Cycle" is filled with hundreds of Barney's fantastical images and surveys the project, which uses the biological model of sexual difference as its conceptual departure point. Three essays by Barney experts articulate the series' diverse themes and explore the artis ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 2nd 2003 by Guggenheim Museum (first published July 22nd 2002)
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Cat
Aug 22, 2007 Cat rated it it was amazing
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I travelled from San Diego to New York to see all five of the films in sequence, and picked up this book while there. The Cremaster cycle is pregnant with ambiguous meaning (the point of art, nowadays) so this book is, in my opinion, the only way to gain a comprehensive perspective on the work. Other useful features of this book is an illustrated essay of Barney's work, a "Cremaster Glossary"(less useful) and an essay on the meaning of Cremaster. I won't discuss the substance of that essay, but ...more
Robert
Sep 22, 2007 Robert rated it really liked it
Haven't read all the essays, but it's mostly images anyways. I really enjoyed Cremaster 2 & 3 (the last he made in the series). I got this in paperback and am glad for it. This one of those things that could be decoded (the book includes a glossary of symbols) but I preferred just trying to acclimate my brain to the moments in the movies -- the old interest in dreams, that sorta thing. Which isn't Barney's intention, right, but anyway.
Dan
Nov 23, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
Gigantic. Androgynous. Epic. Hermaphroditic.
...and Agnostic front plays against Murphy's Law in the lobby of the Chrysler building.
Big book. Chock full of symbols and strange images.
Gary Gilmore.
Norman Mailer.
Rockettes.
Unformed generative matter.
Masonic rites and unformed generative matter.

When I take this out of the library again, I will be sure to read the prefatory essays.

oh yeah.... and watch the films...
Joshua
Jan 23, 2011 Joshua rated it it was amazing
In 2003 (or 2002) I went to the Guggenheim Museum to see a massive Matthew Barney installation. It blew my mind. In 2010 I had dinner with Matthew Barney as he was a guest of a friend and it solidified my interest in a very interesting man. This is a hard to find book and I had to pull some strings but happy to have it in the collection to bring out at dinner parties so I can freak people out.
Paul Jensen
Aug 23, 2007 Paul Jensen rated it it was amazing
This big & beautiful book is essential to fully understanding and appreciating Matthew Barney's complex "Cremaster Cycle". A great investment, especially for those unfortunate souls who haven't seen the films.
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Matthew Barney is an American artist who works in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. His early works were sculptural installations combined with performance and video. Between 1994 and 2002 he created the Cremaster Cycle, a series of five feature-length films described by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian as "one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde ...more
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