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by Alberto Barbera,Olga Gambari,Beatrice Merz,Guido Curto,Arthur Danto,Richard Flood,Matthew Barney

New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman has called Matthew Barney "the most important American artist of his generation." Most known for his epic film series Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002) and Drawing Restraint (2005), a feature film made with his partner, Björk, Barney's technically and conceptually fastidious work conflates various personal and universal mythologies into narratives that are famously difficult to unravel. This volume compiles work from Barney's solo exhibitions at Turin's Fondazione Merz and National Museum of Cinema, as well as coverage of the International Festival of Philosophy of Contemporary Art, a collaboration between the Fondazione Merz and the University of Turin for which Barney was featured in conversation with Richard Flood and Arthur C. Danto.
Download Matthew Barney: Contemporary Mythologies epub
ISBN: 8877572353
ISBN13: 978-8877572356
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Alberto Barbera,Olga Gambari,Beatrice Merz,Guido Curto,Arthur Danto,Richard Flood,Matthew Barney
Language: English
Publisher: Fondazione Merz/ hopefulmonster Editore; Bilingual edition (September 30, 2009)
Pages: 200 pages
ePUB size: 1156 kb
FB2 size: 1640 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Note for buyers -- the entire book is actually in Italian. At the very back of the book is all the text translated to English lumped together. So you'll have to flip back and forth between the English and the Italian to reference the pictures that go with chapters. I thought it might also be helpful to list the written chapter titles here:

* The Contemporary Mythology of Matthew Barney
* The Time of Tale
____Group 1: "When the eyes can't see"
____Group 2: Rituals and tradition
____Group 3: Cognitive restraints in art-therapeutic setting's experience and restraints in Barney's DR
____Group 4: Transgender Humans and Artworks
* Arte Metafisica in New York
* A Conversation. Richard Flood and Matthew Barney
Jed Perl (Art critic for "The New Republic") in his 8/3/10 article "The PICTURE: Midcult Revisited: Is imitation high art--like `The Old Man and the Sea' or the work of Matthew Barney--cheapening the real thing?" writes...

"A case in point was the Matthew Barney show a few years back at the Guggenheim. That was midcult on a massive scale. Barney embraced all the discoveries of modern art--the willful obscurity marshaled for psychological power, the juxtaposing and collaging of diverse elements. But all those discoveries were cheapened and simplified, turned into mass spectacle. This was Surrealism reimagined as Disneyland--a perfect example of the problem that Macdonald had identified in 1961..."

He continues "In the midst of this dark vision, Kierkegaard speaks of the possibility that some individual can announce that he is the public--and can, perhaps, shift the public's attention. And so we are left hoping that an individual can take an independent stand. I am convinced that there were at least a few people who went to the Guggenheim to see the Matthew Barney show and knew immediately, instinctively that his work was a fraud..."

Critics Kimmelman vs. Perl. I doubt Robert Hughes has any praise for Barney either.