Matthew Barney - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Minneapolis, Walker Arts Center, The Cities Collect, September 2000 – January, 2001 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    N. Spector, ed., Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, New York, 2002, pp. 179 and 463 (photograph only illustrated) ; K.K. McMillan, “The Fine Art of Living: A Clean-lined Interior Showcases a Museum-Quality Collection “, Florida Design Magazine, vol. 15, no. 1, p.5 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Matthew Barney conceived of his sequel to the first Cremaster Cycle as a gothic Western that introduces conflict into the system of equilibrium so imaginatively portrayed in the first cycle. On the biological level Cremaster 2 corresponds to the phase of fetal development during which sexual division begins. In Barney's abstraction of this process, the system resists separation and attempts to maintain a level ground.
    Cremaster 2 embodies this regressive impulse through its looping narrative, moving from 1977, the year of Gary Gilmore's execution, and back in time to 1893, when Harry Houdini, who may have been Gilmore's grandfather, performed at the World's Columbian Exposition. The present lot, Cremaster 2: The Metamorphosis, highlights Norman Mailer’s cameo appearance in the film.


Cremaster 2: The Metamorphosis

C-Print in artist’s acrylic frame.
53 1/4 x 43 x 1 in. (135.3 x 109.2 x 2.5 cm).
This work is from an edition of six plus two artist’s proofs.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm