Matthew Barney Hardcover – Aug 2002
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Perhaps because I got to see all five films in sequence and then had an opportunity to review the book afterwards, I don't think Cremaster is all that difficult to understand. Part of the problem is that he is engaged in fomenting ambiguity. I do believe that is possible to extract signifgant meanings from the Cremaster cycle. Might be a good idea to buy this in paperback if you actually want to paw through it with your dirty mitts.
1) They show very rarely (and rarely together or in sequence).
2) Some of them (like Cremaster 3) are so LOOONG even diehard fans can nod off to sleep.
3) Their linear, sequential nature means you can't jump back and forth between them to make connections.
4) Unless you're a Barney junkie, you didn't even SEE a couple of the films yet.
5) Unless you go to the 2002 museum exhibition or you're on dealer Barbara Gladstone's speed dial, you've never seen more than one of Barney's sculptures at a time.
So unless you have a photographic memory (and dedicate it to the service of Matthew Barney), it's extraordinarily difficult to build more than impressionistic understanding of this body of work.
This book solves that challenge. It's comprehensive documentation of ALL the films, their production, inspiration and symbolic elements make in an indispensable tool, a Rosetta stone, maybe, for gaining an overall perspective of Barney's vision.
Whether the artist intends it or not, for better or worse, this book will become THE MAIN SOURCE through which people will encounter his work.
Most recent customer reviews
Why would anyone pay hundreds for the H/C version, if a shiny, new paperback is only $40? Please enlighten this fool? Thanks!Published on Feb. 8 2004 by PVS58
This book is full of beautiful vibrant images that seem to come alive in a hypnotic state with each page you turn. I was simply enthralled while viewing this book. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by thrashramy
People complain about Matthew Barney - "He is a gratuitous, self indulged artist"...well maybe, but as an individual in the art and design community I can say... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by Nathan Manfred
I suggest you experience Barney's work and then purchase this book. Barney's universe is no Finnegan's Wake - but the biological subtext of pure potential and secret societies are... Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Tiger Cosmos
Tapioca, vaseline, muscle bound women, dead horses, giants, serial killers, and Harry Houdini. Welcome to the universe of the Cremaster Cycle. Don't try to decode it all. Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by Jason A. Tselentis
Tatayana can leave me out of being victimized by anything to do with Art in the 21st Century... Matthew Barney is about the violence of creation, change, and (r)evolution. Read morePublished on May 22 2003
i read the two negative posts about the entire cremaster cycle book/exhibit. i have to say i do not think is anti-women in any way. some people get it, some people don't. Read morePublished on April 12 2003
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