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  • Provenance


    Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited


    Frankfurt, Portikus, Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, June 18 - November 5, 1997; NewYork, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, 1997; Los Angeles, Regen Projects, Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, March 7 - April 11, 1998; Barcelona, Sala Montcada de la Fundació “la Caixa,” Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, June 30 - July 8, 1998; Cologne, Museum Ludwig; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and NewYork, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Cremaster Cycle, June 2002 - May 2003

  • Literature


    M. Barney, Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, Frankfurt, 1997, pp. 434, 451, 455, 477-179 (illustrated); M. Barney, Matthew Barney: Cremaster 1, Cremaster 5, an exhibition catalogue, Barcelona, 1998, p. 11 (illustrated); N. Spector, The Cremaster Cycle, NewYork, 2002, pp. 451, 455, 478, 479 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay


    Matthew Barney’s five-part Cremaster Cycle is a self-enclosed aesthetic system. Born out of performative practice in which the human body – with its psychic drives and physical thresholds – symbolizes the potential of sheer creative force, the cycle explodes this body into the particles of a contemporary creation myth. Since its inception in 1994, the Cremaster Cycle has unfolded in time as well as space to render visible some of the processes by which form – in its biological, psychological, and geological states – comes to be. Barney’s visual language is protean: drawing and film unite to engender photography and sculpture, which, in turn, produce more drawing and film, in an incestuous intermingling of materials that defies any hierarchy of artistic mediums. Driven by a narrative impulse, the iconography is multivalent and allusive. Objects and images, always striking, bizarre, and seductive, function simultaneously on various levels of meaning. N. Spector, “Only the Perverse Fantasy Can Still Save Us,” The Cremaster Cycle, NewYork, 2002, p.4

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Cremaster 5: Bocsass el

1997

Four C-prints in artist’s acrylic frames.

33 x 27 1/4 in. (84.5 x 69.2 cm) each.
Signed and dated “Matthew Barney ’97” on the reverse; numbered of three on labels adhered to reverse of each frame.This work is from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.

Estimate
$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $169,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York