MATTHEW BARNEY "DRAWING RESTRAINT 9"
Matthew Barney, a truly uncategorizable artist, who achieved international fame in the late 1990's.
It would be reductive or misleading to describe his practice as "Video Art". Several of his most accomplished creations are feature-length films where Barney, in addition to designing an array of magical creatures all in hallucinatory settings, often appears completely transformed also surpassing any definition of performance art.
Complementary to his films, Barney also creates sculpture (often using highly unconventional materials), multiples and drawings. His work is frequently exhibited internationally - most recently, the Morgan Library in New York, organized a large retrospective of his drawings.
This fine work originates from one of Barney's most notorious works: "Drawing Restraint 9".
This feature-film, made with his partner Bjork, is set on a Japanese whaling ship.
The film explored the interaction of the East and West and culminates in a famous scene of the couple stripping each other's skin from their bodies. The mythical voyage is a theme often appearing in Barney's work.
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Untitled (from Re-Object, Mythos), 2007
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 45
Photogravure with embossing
32”H 24"W (work)