Author: Sante Scardillo --- Date: 10/22/95--- Copyright: ThingReviews NYC

Matthew Barney
Cremaster 4

CREMASTER 4 EVERYBODY

If the recent crop of shows is any guide, Barney has many disciples who do not know their master's sources (see Soho Arts Festival review) but are nonetheless following in his camera dolly tracks. The characteristic of these shows, can be reductively communalized as follows:

-IT STARTS WITH A MOVIE. It can be grandly overproduced or very minimal.

-THE MOVIE IS ON VIDEO.

-THERE IS A LAIR, WHERE THE MOVIE WAS SHOT and that is where (in or around) the exhibition takes place.

-THE LAIR IS FULL OF PROPS FROM THE MOVIE and the toys are for sale.

The themes of the whole operation range from sexual ambiguity, crossgenders and categories which are not only post-human, but "Animal-Vegetal" (title of a recent show) to the plain, good old masturbatory boy with toys, which opened this volley, although the very first post-Barneian appeared last season at Tanya Bonakdar. I was so impressed I did not register the name of the pathetic young sod.

--Sante Scardillo


(Sante Scardillo: Me, as a critic, -vs- Me, as an artist )



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Tony -- wilk@accent.net
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Do you have any more information about Matthew Barney's next exhibition or work? Is there any way that I may get my hands on Cremaster 4? I've recently read an article on Cremaster 4 and I am very interested in his work. Thank you.


tim mcdonnell -- dupontpr@ix.netcom.com
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interested in more info and/or video ART STUDENT


diego benavides -- d-benavi
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diego -- d-benavi@ uniandes
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I need information abaut Matthew Barney's concepts. I'm interesting abaut happenings or performances. thanks


Ganzfeld -- ganzfeld@fish.net.au
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It could be worse, what if you were forced to read a summary of such a show by a jaded urbanite art critic. Excuse me, I've got to go feed my sheep.


manena -- tara@inx.net
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Pleese!Please! Please! I want to see lots of pictures of Matthew barney on the W. THANKS (whispered)


--
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Yeah, what Manena said. He used to be a J Crew model . . . I know what he looks like as a sheep. What does he look like without the makeup?


michael -- mtho0012@rz.uni-hildesheim.de
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do you know any source to get copies of barney┤s cremasters (1 and 4) ? I research for that stuff for my exams. I always saw only the stills and I wanna see it ALL!


michael -- mtho0012@rz.uni-hildesheim.de
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do you know any source to get copies of barney┤s cremasters (1 and 4) ? I research for that stuff for my exams. I always saw only the stills and I wanna see it ALL!


Stefan -- Stefan1967@AOL.com
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Very interesting, your critic. Do you know where I can get the video Cremaster 4▀ I plan to write an article about Matthew Barney for the German ELLE, which is rather difficult without having seen the video. I'd be very glad, if you could help me. By the way: What exactly is Cremaster 4? "Just" a video, or a video installation? Cheers Stefan1967@AOL.com


jack coon -- jack_coon@hp.com
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Matt and I went to High School together and we were good friends. I would have to say that Matt was an over acheiver to say the least. Matt had a number of sides to him, not neccessiarily personalities but individual personas. One of the better atheletes are high school ever produced, and one of the better students. Proceeding highschool Matt went off to New York to visit him Mom before he attended college (Yale University) where he was the starting quarter back. Walking the streets of downtown New York when he was stopped by an agent for Ford modeling and the next thing you know he is in rolling stone magazine on a three page shoot. This was just 3 months after he graduated from high school. I have since lost contact with Matt, I know that I could get a hold of him considering his dad lives 8 blocks away. Cremaster was right on the money for Matt, He is so very talented.


Greg Little -- tohu777@juno.com
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I saw the Cremaster videos at the Film Forum in NYC (though not, unfortunately, the night of the premiere, when himself Barney appeared). I was staggered. And I would certainly also like to find copies of the videos, if anyone knows where to find them...


scotty dale stumpf -- q@purplenet.net
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scotty dale stumpf -- q@purplenet.net
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we were wondering where a copy of Cremaster4 and Cremaster1 might be obtained.


german rodriguez -- key2244@aol.com
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hello, my name is german i'm also an art student and a big fan of mr. barney. i was talking to one of my prof. about matt barney and she told me that one can make an appointment at the barbara gladstone gallery in nyc, the gallery that represents barney. perhaps you can make an appointment and see it, i don't have the slightest clue where someone could actually get a copy of the video itself. well good luck.


german rodriguez -- key2244@aol.com
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hello, my name is german i'm also an art student and a big fan of mr. barney. i was talking to one of my prof. about matt barney and she told me that one can make an appointment at the barbara gladstone gallery in nyc, the gallery that represents barney. perhaps you can make an appointment and see it, i don't have the slightest clue where someone could actually get a copy of the video itself. well good luck.


Nathan -- deer_farmer@tangnt.com.au
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Trying to track down a possible contact for Matthew Barney, either direct or through his dealer for our student magazine. If anybody has any contact details or at the least could confirm that Barney is still represented by Barbara Gladstone galleries (and possibly has an e-mail address for the gallery), please don't hesitate just to drop a quick message through as soon as possible.


Turner Rentz, III -- treyr@atr.net
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This art is satirical, resistant and new - yet perhaps too much like the laocoon group, and dangerous. I suggest the following: wallpaper your pc with these works in your windows backgrounds; if you produce more, email Barney the dinosaur.


Taryn Millar -- nickibea@webware.co.za
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I am an art student from South Africa and I am doind a paper on Matthew Barney. I am interested in the works' connection to feminist Post-Modern theory and the concept of 'masquerade'. Cremaster 1&4 can be read as rooted in feminist film critisism and practices as well as relating to artists like Cindy Sherman. It is clear, as you mentioned in your review, that Barney is concerned with sexual ambiguity and if you have any comments or further information on this, please could you contact me. My e-mail isnt very reliable so here is my fax number: 27 11 8840515. Thank you.


michele -- pgoede@xs4all.nl
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Excuse me but didn't anybody read the beginning comments on Barney as an artist. Hello. It seems that Barney has come to represent the newest artistic icon for the end of the century. FYI to get info about Barney, clue in, contact his gallery. Also Jerry Saltz did a great decoding article on Matthew Barney in Art in America about 4 or so months ago. Hey look I won't deny that some of the work is way cool (go check out the piece at the museum in Rotterdam) but remember an art god comes about most often through commerce, and anyway we don't actually need any more art gods, we've already got Warhol, Keifer and Beuys. Lets try to keep Barney human (well as human as he lets us).....


mario gutieerez --
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i love you man,


john wolfer -- jwolfer@clemson.edu
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Where can I get A copy of the Cremaster series?


ahetherington -- user009@netconx.demon.co.uk
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For Matthew Barney information, try Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York who will provide a list of available publications - for cremaster 5 try Portikus in Frankfurt. I think this is probably the most banal review of Barney's work ever - congratulations on ignoring every concept, aesthetic overview, critical debate available.


Nathan -- deer_farmer@tangent.com.au
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Finally tracked down the videos for Cremaster 4 and 1 at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery which is on 22nd or 23rd street in Chelsea, New York. I didn't ask if it was true or not if there are only 2 copies of either video in existence, but while we watched the videos in the viewing room at Gladstone, they made bloody well sure that they locked the video cabinet while we were in the room alone. I'd give the gallery a call if you get to New York. I think they have room for ten most Friday afternoons. Its worth the pilgrimage - the production values are unbelievable for a young video-artist. If anybody has any books or pamphlets on Barney they would like to sell me, please e-mail me. I can't promise anything, but I'm just looking for stuff I haven't got. Ohh, and Barney, if you're out there and half the neurotic I think you are give me a line. I'd like to e-chat to you about Houdini some time.


Vanya -- mokelen@hotmail.com
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Hep critizism, although I hate to be redundant, redundant, redundant; Where can I view a copy of Cremaster 4 and, of corse, Cremaster 1 besides by appointment at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery? My greatest thanks, if i can ever do anything for anybody, don't hesitate to mail me.


k. -- coopekd@lfc.edu
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where can i get anything Matthew Barney related? all i have now is a book of stills from Cremaster 4 that I got from Art in America. k.


linda -- lqy1077@is4.nyu.edu
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m.barney is still with barbara gladstone in chelsea you can contact gallery for press kit/slides/videos you can also get a list of articles on him thru the art index you can also check the nytimes index to find articles that mention his name i havent seen cremaster 5 yet but i have seen 4 and 1....pretty long but interesting....i don't think he believes in editing :) doing a presentation on him right now for class....


Nathan Reeve -- reeve@netspace.net.au
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Just wanting to update my e-mail from above. If anyone wants to chat about Barney, I'd love to respond. I think I've read everything in existence that is in English (and what I could digest in German). Drop me a line.


brian -- kmcclosk@capital.edu
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I called gladstone gallery and they laughed at me when I asked where I could get a copy of Mathew's work.


Dierk Rosenberg -- 100746.3516@compuserve.com
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Hi there- I really enjoy that something which started with a negative attitude has turned into some kind of "Barney Fan Club". I was in the lucky position to get a copy of Cremaster 4, which was broadcasted on danish TV around winter 1995. The density of symbols, metaphors and hints in his work make it a feast to watch it and nearly compels you to try to decipher their meaning.


Christer -- christer.dynna@hfstud.uio.no
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All we have in common concerning this topic of feverish interest to so many, is that we have not seen but still photos. I.e leftovers from a performance captured on video. Shreeking for the actual piece of work, a copy of the Cremaster 4, that only produces the need to see the other stuff signed M.Barney there is really no point. Of course one laughs at you for calling the Gallery asking where to get hold of a copy of the golden calf, I mean THE masterfully created creature of Barney and his bodybuilder female counterparts. Yet this seems off the point. THere is big industry going about here, making a man of the myth, making everyone craving for a part of the piece of the work. What does such a work consist of, today 1997? Making a recording of a showing of his Video on dansih television seems to accomplish the urgent need to grasp the OBJECT. But my theory goes that an object is not at stake here, our interest is what is created as a big looming work right now viewed on the net and aesthetizised by our languange exchange. (I await for the entire document to load down and thus find time to write on what is probably the lenghtiest time I have spent in front of a Matthew Barney related work, if not the most creative on. (THe longest period of time was of course surfing in this web page as well as scanning through magazines at our library as well as reading some articles.) As we are all awestruck by what we have not (yet) seen and that we do not know where to turn to to get to see it we are as if led through some initiating tunnell of Barneys, filled with vaseling that sticks to every body parts and limbs we use in crawling our way forward to the goal, a glimpse of the true stuff. Since the first picture I spotted (from Cremaster 1?) I wanted to take part, infilter in the barock, sumptous and fleshy world of Barneys figures. I have come closer to imagening the feel when rubbing shoulders with Barney mates, touch their dry spanned skin and stuffed bodyparts, maybe exchange some liquids with them and stay floating around in the marvel they seem to enjoy... Havent we all longed for this? It is a back to the warm woomb movement, only this is not mummys, this is art. But by stacking a video in my shelf to look at whenever in need of compensation would maybe less fulfill this need. Moreover to read and write on this page, to hear and to share what are my longings faced with this work of art is maybe the most "arty" I can hope to have in relation to this. THus as a way of saying I enjoy the stills as much as participating to this list, but also to put forth the proposition that the actual object is less (rewarding) and interesting than this feeling, and that what is actually created is apart the stills this hype around them that makes us all ready to aboard not Noas but Barneys Ark. Anyhow, thanks for this journey, wheter M.Barney or all his participants are to be thanked firstly.