Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Matthew Barney Drawing Restraint Vol. V Book Available for Pre-Order

Cremaster Fanatic Steve sent us an email to let us know that the Drawing Restraint Vol. V catalog published in conjunction with Barney's Drawing Restraint exhibition at London's Serpentine Gallery is now available in the US for pre-order on Amazon.com at the discounted price of $40.95 (plus an additional 5% pre-order discount). The book will be released in the US on March 1.

Pre-Order Drawing Restraint Vol. V from Amazon.com

Monday, January 21, 2008

New Matthew Barney Videos on YouTube

A recent search on YouTube has turned up a bunch of new Matthew Barney videos:

First up is the trailer for Destricted - a compilation of sexually explicit films by contemporary artists that includes Barney's Hoist This one is definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

Next is "One Minute Barney" (which actually clocks in at 1:12). It claims to be "all you need to know about matthew in under 90 seconds" but that's only if you think that "all you need to know" is Cremaster 1, 4, and 5. However, it's a nicely-edited montage of clips from those three films.

A somewhat gory addition to the Matthew Barney "fan video" genre is "Cremaster 6". It purports to be Barney's "last work" in which, "the artist proposes a trip to the balance across castration." However, as one critic comments, "There are only 5 films in the Cremaster cycle and this is not one of them. There is no Barney in this piece. This is either a cheezy attempt to equate the work of an unknown with that of a top-tier artist or a clumsy attempt at parody." Other comments are, "this totally didnt make any sense," and "cool," which, coincidentally, are the same reactions Barney's actual films often elicit.

Finally, we come to Uruguayan artist Martin Sastre's video "Lala Meets Barney". As we noted in our post about Sastre's recent exhibition at Brooklyn's Momenta Art, this video is an invitation from Sastre's grandmother to Matthew Barney and Björk to spend a traditional Uruguayan Christmas with her and her 6 children and 13 grandchildren.

For more Matthew Barney videos online, check out CremasterFanatic.com "fan video" section and our last post of Matthew Barney YouTube video clips.

Also, we'd like to remind you that this is the final week you can view CremasterFanatic.com founder Eric Doeringer's Matthew Barney installation at Sara Tecchia Roma New York, 529 W 20th St, 2nd Floor, New York City. The exhibition "And, Who Are You?" Work From Saatchi Online runs through Saturday, January 26.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Early Matthew Barney Modeling Pics

Many thanks to Cremaster Fanatic Rob for sending us these photographs from Matthew Barney's days as a professional model (he put himself through Yale by modeling for the Click agency).

To see a couple of early photographs of Barney from the J Crew catalog, please visit http://www.cremasterfanatic.com/Pics/barneypics04.html

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Update on Guardian of the Veil at Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Cremaster Fanatic Greg emailed us from Los Angeles with a report on Matthew Barney's Guardian of the Veil exhibition currently on view at Regen Projects. Greg informs us that in addition to the drawings and photographs we mentioned in our previous post on the show, there is a 40-minute HD video of the Guardian of the Veil performance. The gallery also has all of Barney's books, including a number of rare Cremaster volumes, available for reading.

The photographs at the top of this post come from a fantastic photo gallery posted by Lucies Farm, the ranch that provided the bull for the Guardian of the Veil performance in Manchester. They have posted a ton of great "behind the scenes" photos of the rehearsal and performance.

Cremaster Cycle on ebay

We'd like to draw your attention to an item currently up for bidding on ebay - the complete Cremaster Cycle on DVD. Although this is clearly an (ahem) unauthorized released, look at the production value on the packaging! This is the best looking Cremaster boot we at Cremaster Fanatic have ever seen (obviously, we can't vouch for the quality of the video).

If you want this, you'll have to act fast - there's less than a day left on the auction. The price is currently $65 - far below the half-a-million dollars Cremaster 2 recently fetched at auction. Plus, the seller says he'll use the money to pay off student loans.

Update: The DVDs sold for $216.50.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Found Field Emblem - Naples, Florida

Cremaster Fanatics Garrett and Anais sent us these photos of a "found field emblem" they encountered in Naples, Florida.

For more found field emblems, please visit http://www.cremasterfanatic.com/ephemera/fieldemblems.html If you come across a field emblem, please take a photo and email us