Matthew Barney turned 45 yesterday. To celebrate, let’s revisit an oldie but a goodie – the Cremaster Cycle Cheat Sheet. From creepy bee sex to prolapsed colons, it’s your go-to guide for all things Cremaster.
Of course, Pieter Hugo isn’t the only contemporary artist who’s been a victim of plagiarism – witness the repeat offending of Lady Gaga, who’s adopted the work of Marina Abramović, Marilyn Minter, H.R. Giger and Matthew Barney (above) to name but a few. Check out her other ‘homages’ here.
Michael Levitt likes to turn his favourite artists into action figures. Previous subjects include Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Julian Schnabel, and now it’s Matthew Barney’s turn. The curiously appendaged Cremaster character above will feature in Levitt’s forthcoming exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City.
Matthew Barney’s Cremaster series has been around for a while now. The 5 feature-length films (named after the muscle that raises and lowers the testes) were released between 1994 and 2002. And they’re no mean feat – each film is a highly complex spectacle that involves a motley crew of characters played by the likes of Norman Mailer, Ursula Andress, Richard Serra, Steve Tucker (then-vocalist for Morbid Angel), double amputee athlete and model Aimee Mullins and others. Vaseline – Barney’s signature material – appears throughout.
While ‘The Order’, a small segment of Cremaster 3 is available on DVD, Barney made these films for the big screen and Melbournites have the opportunity to see them all this Sunday (July 11th) at the Cremaster Marathon, screening at ACMI from 3pm.