Friday, January 22, 2016

Observingaqrts: Matthew Barney at Astrup Fearnley Museum

Matthew Barney Cremaster 5: Lánchíd: The Lament of the Queen of Chain, 1997Akryl, støpt polyuretan, vivak, Pyrex, polyetylen og protetisk plast 305 x 610 x 488 cm
Matthew Barney (b.1967, San Francisco, USA) is arguably the artist of the 1990s who most profoundly changed the language of sculpture.
He achieved this through the introduction of new materials, from petroleum jelly to gym equipment, the conflation of media and narrative structures, and his enigmatic biological fictions that are at once hilarious and monstrous. For Barney, sculpture is an emanation of places, performances, films, photos, drawings and ephemera, in which he is typically the story’s protagonist. In this exhibition, he has created a new layout and a narrative that goes from TRANSEXUALIS (decline) (1991) through The Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002) to theRiver of Fundament (2014).

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