Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matthew Barney Moving to Fort Greene?

The New York Observer reports that Matthew Barney may have purchased a townhouse at 67 South Elliott Street in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The two-family house was built in 1854 and sold for $1.99 million - apparently it is a "fixer upper" in need of renovation. The Observer could not confirm that the house was sold to the artist Matthew Barney (it could be a different person with the same name) but the same real estate lawyer representing this Matthew Barney coordinated Barney and Bjork's purchase of the $4 million Brooklyn Heights penthouse where they have lived since 2009. Bjork's name does not appear on the new deed, perhaps confirming rumors that the couple has split. If Bjork and Barney are, in fact, moving into the house on South Elliott, their neighbors on the block will include writer Jhumpa Lahiri and the offices of Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule film production company.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

River of Fundament

Matthew Barney has launched a web site for his new film River of Fundament at http://www.riveroffundament.net . The site includes a synopsis of the film and a list of upcoming screenings, including Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Toronto, Basel (Switzerland) and Reykajavik.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has also posted an album of photographs from the world premier of ROF. Guests included rapper Kanye West, performance artist Marina Abramovic, actor Peter Saarsgard, artist Wangechi Mutu, and musician Rufus Wainwright, plus cast members Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aimee Mullins, Ellen Burstyn, Debbie Harry, John Buffalo Mailer, Milford Graves, Jennie Knaggs, Marti Domination, and others.

We are working on a new issue of the Cremaster Fanatic Fanzine focusing on River of Fundament. If you would like to submit artwork or writing, please email your submission to info@cremasterfanatic.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matthew Barney at Haus der Kunst, Munich

Matthew Barney's exhibtion River of Fundament will be on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich from March 17 - August 17. The exhibition will contain sculptures, drawings, and other works related to Barney's recently-released six hour film of the same name, based on Norman Mailer's novel Ancient Evenings.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the film will have it's European premier at the Bavarian State Opera on March 16. Tickets are already sold out, but Haus der Kunst has promised to present additional screenings (dates tba).

On Saturday, March 15, Barney will give a talk at the museum with curator Okwui Enwezor; the conversation will be streamed live HERE starting at 6pm Munich time. Haus der Kunst will also be screening the five Cremaster films from June 3-5 and have scheduled other public programs related to the show - see the full schedule HERE

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tickets on Sale for New Matthew Barney Film at BAM

Tickets are now on sale for the premier of Matthew Barney's new film, River of Fundament, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The film, clocking in at nearly six hours (including two intermissions), will have a single daily screening from February 12 - 16. From BAM's web site:

"Visionary artist Matthew Barney makes his BAM debut with the world premiere screening of River of Fundament, a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.

The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape."

Purchase tickets HERE.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

River of Fundament to have Australian Premier at the Adelaide Festival

Shortly after it's world premier at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Matthew Barney's new film River of Fundament will open at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. The film will screen on March 2 and 3. Buy tickets here.