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all barney no rubble


matthew barney's five film, six (plus) hour long, 8 year, multimedia cremaster cycle is coming to the detroit film theater (detroit institute of arts) this friday, october 31st, through sunday, november 2nd.

dubbed "the most important artist of his generation," by the new york times; barney has been hailed quite the opposite by many critics as well, because of his films "solipsism, banal masculine trials, and sleep-inducing longueurs."

it must be said however, that few artists have ever gone as far as barney has gone as a sculptor, or let alone a film maker. who else has succesfully combined a retired bond girl, the ilse of man, two goodyear blimps, richard serra, a hungarian opera, bronco stadium, the chrysler building in nyc, and installations made of petroleum jelly into one cohesive avant-garde film series whose title comes from the muscle that controls the rising and lowering of the testicles?

other important upcoming screenings:

Nov 519,  Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
Nov 713,  Manchester, England The Cornerhouse
Nov 717,  Chicago, IL Doc Films

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I'd love to see this, but it is being shown in Detroit on one of the busiest weekends ever. Any chance of the series coming out on DVD?10/29/2003 11:17:18 AM
yes they are planning on releasing it in it's entirety in a dvd set. or you can purchase on of his sculptures, as it has been said that barney often gives copies of the cycle with his installations.10/29/2003 11:50:38 AM
cremaster cycle, i love it! after seeing this work, i think my own have finally dropped!10/30/2003 10:44:17 AM
Oi. I, unfortunately, Have not much positive to say, other than I would really like to have his money and backer to do that kind of work.

A friend went to see the exhibition in New York this summer and was just aghast at the apparent misuse of such a space. Myself, I can only stand spectacles for so long, so I think he kind of wore me down after Cremaster 5, or 3 or whatever numbering scheme he was using -- the second one.

I think too, what frightens me, is partly what's written above on the original post, about his willingness to combine anything and everything he can find (mainly related to violence and sexuality, if I read it correctly). Perhaps it is the required commentary for our times?
10/31/2003 7:36:02 PM
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The scale of this project is impressive. The imagery (and intent, apparently) is somewhat garish. Barney wants to confront our sensibilities, which is alright. It is up to individual viewers to decide whether this is necessary.

Mies van der Rohe said "Less is more." I wonder what Barney would say?

11/3/2003 11:28:10 AM
"more! more! more!" wait that was the pointer sisters.11/5/2003 4:48:21 AM
i saw #'s 5 and 2 the other day. i can say i enjoyed them a great deal, there was a great deal that was challenging (some audience members left, there was a bit of seat shifting)- but hey! it was an art film!! ...#5 was beautiful, and i don't think that anyone who has viewed it could say otherwise; it was entertaining, visually stimulating, and cohesive. #2 was a bit more challenging, but visually stimulating as well- not as thematically presentable. (btw, i tried tosee 1 & 4, but they were sold out. and that was after a quite incident riden bus ride- full of teenage angst, green apple projectiles, and a 30+ year old man getting jumped by kids half his age. -much fun.... kids are so much nicer in the states... if only mathew barney and bjork were there, the art superduo would've put a stop to those hoodlems!)11/14/2003 7:44:24 PM
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