|Born||March 25, 1967 |
San Francisco, California, United States
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Matthew Barney (born March 25, 1967 in San Francisco, California ) is a contemporary artist who works with film, video, installations, sculpture, photography, drawing and performance art. Events 1199 - Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of Activities to do with creating Art, practicing the Arts and/or demonstrating Video is the technology of electronically capturing, Recording, processing storing transmitting and reconstructing a sequence of Still images Installation art uses sculptural materials and other media to modify the way a particular space is experienced Photography (fә'tɒgrәfi or fә'tɑːgrәfi (from Greek φωτο and γραφία is the process and Art of recording pictures by means of capturing Drawing is a Visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium This article is about Performance art For other uses see Performance (disambiguation Barney has described himself as being primarily a sculptor. New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman called Barney "the most important American artist of his generation. Michael Kimmelman is an author and the chief art critic and a columnist for the New York Times. " Barney's work has been described as being part of "the legacy of the performance art of the 1960s and 1970s. "
Barney lives with his partner, Icelandic singer Björk and their young daughter, Ísadóra, born October 3, 2002. Iceland, officially the Republic of Iceland ( ( Ísland or Lýðveldið Ísland ( Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965 is an Icelandic Singer-songwriter, Composer, actress and music producer. Events 42 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
Barney has one sibling, an older sister named Tracy. When Barney was six, his father Robert got a job running the food services at Boise State University and the family moved to Idaho. When Barney was 12, his parents divorced and his mother Marsha Gibney (an abstract painter) moved to New York. Barney and his sister remained with his father in Boise, but he frequently visited his mother in New York, where he was exposed to contemporary art.  Consequentially, Barney spent his youth partially in Idaho, where he played football at Capital High School, and partially in New York City with his mother Marsha, who introduced him to art and museums. The State of Idaho ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America. Founded in 1966 Capital High School is a High school in Boise Idaho, the third of four public high schools constructed in the city The City of New York This intermingling of sports and art would inspire his later work as an artist. Barney entered Yale University planning to study medicine, but became enamored with art and fashion. He received a B. A. from Yale in 1989. He also worked briefly as a model for Click Modeling Agency, and was in a J. Crew advertisement. JCrew Group ( is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in New York, New York.
The film series The Cremaster Cycle is Barney's best-known work. The Cremaster Cycle is a sequence of five films by Matthew Barney, entitled Cremaster 1 to Cremaster 5 which create a self-enclosed Aesthetic The films had very high budgets by experimental art film standards, and featured such varied celebrities as Norman Mailer, Ursula Andress, and Richard Serra. Norman Kingsley Mailer ( January 31, 1923 &ndash November 10, 2007) was an American Novelist, Journalist, Ursula Andress (born March 19, 1936) is a Golden Globe award-winning Swiss actress and a major Sex symbol of the 1960s Richard Serra (born November 29, 1939) is an American minimalist sculptor and Video artist known for working with large
In 2006, he released Drawing Restraint 9, a collaboration with his partner Björk, who plays the female of the two central roles in the film, and contributed the music for the soundtrack. Drawing Restraint 9 is a feature -length Art film by American artist Matthew Barney, shot in Nagasaki Bay and set aboard Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965 is an Icelandic Singer-songwriter, Composer, actress and music producer.
In interviews, Barney has mentioned the phenomenon of hypertrophy as a metaphorical inspiration for much of his work; several of his performance pieces have involved Barney restrained or somehow encumbered while attempting to execute a drawing. Hypertrophy is the increase of the size of an organ or in a select area of the tissue The performance aspects of Barney's work have been described as predominant, while the resultant drawings have been called "[not] very interesting in their own right. " Some have criticized Drawing Restraint 9 for what has been termed a superficial treatment of Japanese culture combined with an undesirable awkwardness in the actors/performers, including Barney. The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over millenia from the country's prehistoric Jomon culture to its contemporary hybrid culture which combines influences from Asia  A gallery show accompanying the Drawing Restraint 9 project appeared at Gladstone Gallery in New York, April 7-May 13, 2006, featuring thermoplastic sculptures associated with the film and the remains of a private project performed at the gallery April 2, 2006, titled Drawing Restraint 13: The Instrument of Surrender, for which Barney emerged from a crate dressed as General Douglas MacArthur, walked across a platform, and fell into a vat of petroleum jelly. Events 529 - First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in Jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. General MacArthur redirects here for other meanings see General MacArthur (disambiguation. Petroleum jelly, petrolatum or soft paraffin is a Semi-solid mixture of Hydrocarbons (with Carbon numbers mainly higher than 25 Barney reused his motif of dressing as MacArthur in a show later that year (June 23 through September 17, 2006) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA) is a major Modern art Museum and San Francisco Landmark. That performance involved Barney scaling the museum's atrium to execute a large sketch of his iconic pill-shaped symbol—another recurring motif in his work.
Barney's work has provoked strong critical reaction, both positive and negative. Calling his work a "snooze", The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl criticized Barney as being "a star for attaining stardom. The New Yorker is an American Magazine that publishes reportage commentary criticism essays fiction satire cartoons and poetry Peter Schjeldahl was born in 1942 in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in small towns throughout Minnesota, and attended Carleton College "Another critic in the same magazine characterizes elements in Drawing Restraint 9 as "an unabashed display of Oriental kitsch that makes Memoirs of a Geisha look like an ethnographic documentary. Kitsch /kɪtʃ/ is a term of German or Yiddish origin that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior tasteless copy of an existing Memoirs of a Geisha is an Academy-Award -winning movie adaptation of the novel of the same name, produced by Steven Spielberg 's Amblin Ethnography ( Greek ethnos = people and graphein = writing is a genre of writing that uses Fieldwork to provide a descriptive " Jed Perl has described Barney's work as "phony-baloney mythopoetic movies, accompanied by Dumpster loads of junk from some godforsaken gymnasium of the imagination". 
Others have defended his work, comparing Barney to such canonical performance artists as Chris Burden and Vito Acconci and arguing that his art is simultaneously a critique and a celebration of commercialism and blockbuster filmmaking. Chris Burden (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946 is an American Artist. Vito Hannibal Acconci (born January 24, 1940) is a Bronx, New York -born Brooklyn-based Architect, Landscape architect Commenting on the Cremaster series' enigmatic nature, Alexandra Keller and Frazer Ward write:
|“||"Rather than reading Cremaster, we are encouraged to consume it as high-end eye candy, whose symbolic system is available to us but hardly necessary to our pleasure: meaning, that is, is no longer a necessary component to art production or reception. Left to its own devices-and it is all devices-Cremaster places us in a framework of mutually assured consumption, consuming us as we consume it. "||”|
The philosopher Arthur C. Danto, well known for his work on aesthetics, has praised the majority of Barney's work, noting the importance of Barney's use of sign systems such as Mason mythology (see Freemasonry). Arthur Coleman Danto (born 1924 is an American Art critic, and Professor of Philosophy. 
Others have asserted Barney's works are contemporary expressions of surrealism. Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early-1920s and is best known for the visual artworks and writings of the group members  In the words of Chris Chang, Barney's Cremaster films, though "completely arcane, hermetic and solipsistic . . . nevertheless periodically provide some of the most enigmatically beautiful experimental film imagery you'll ever see. "
"Is Barney's work a new beginning for a new century?", asks Richard Lacayo, writing in Time. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and "It feels more like a very energetic longing for a beginning, in which all kinds of imagery have been put to the service of one man's intricate fantasy of return to the womb. Something lovely and exasperating is forever in formation there. Will he ever give birth?"
Barney's work for the 2007 Manchester International Festival received mixed reviews.
"Barney is the real thing. When he brings his boundless imagination to a subject he goes down to its depths to create images and implant ideas that stay in your mind for ever" writes Richard Dorment in the Telegraph. 
Barney, Matthew. The Irish Museum of Modern Art (Músaem Nua-Ealaíne na hÉireann also known as IMMA, is Ireland 's leading national institution exhibiting and collecting modern and Cremaster 3. Guggenheim, dist. by D. A. P. 2002. photogs. ISBN 0-89207-253-9. pap. $49. 95. FINE ARTS
"Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle": at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Catalogue published by Harry N. Abrams; 544 pages;