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 Matthew Barney  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: installation, performance, non objective

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BIOGRAPHY for Matthew Barney
1967 (San Francisco, California)
New York/California

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Conceptualist artist, Matthew Barney became quite a sensation among post modernists in the late 20th century by staging fictions through installations, filmed performances and stylized videos.

Barney was born in San Francisco, California in 1967. While attending Yale University, receiving a B.A. in 1989, he modeled for J. Crew and Company for a part-time job. He then settled in New York City. Barney had his first solo show, a fusion of sculpture and psycho-sexual performance art, in New York at Barbara Gladstone Gallery in October, 1991. At the Venice Biennale of 1993, he was awarded "the Europe 2000" Prize, and in 1996, the Hugo Boss Award in honor of Hugo Boss, men's clothing designer.

Best known for his "Cremaster" series that combines iconography with ornate costumes and settings to create performances. In the "Cremaster" film, which he directed, Norman Mailer played Houdini. The Cremaster series involves: "first the approximately hour-long video is played in public cinemas, then large installations, objects, photos and drawings from the relevant imaginary world are displayed in museums and galleries, and at the same time an art book containing the pictures from the film is published. The title of the series is derived from the cremaster muscle in the male genitals from which the testicles are suspended and which is retracted in a reflex movement produced by cold or fear inside the body."

Jean-Michel Ribettes, "Art at the Turn of the Millennium"

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