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Calendar, Night&Day Shop at Barney's

Shop at Barney's

The Cremaster Cycle films are either your thing, or they're not. If you like lush, shocking, obliquely allegorical art films, none is finer. Matthew Barney's Vaseline sculptures, deep-background testicular structure, and gorgeous image-construction are famous, and justly so. The seven…
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"Cremaster Cycle": Matthew Barney exposes himself at the Roxie

Named for the muscle that turns your nutsack into a walnut when it gets cold, The Cremaster Cycle swings the biggest dick in contemporary art. Produced from 1994 through 2002, and last screened in conjunction with a hilariously overwrought retrospective…
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Calendar, Night&Day Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

A few years ago the city went into paralytic shock over Matthew Barney at the SFMOMA. We don't expect the same for Eve Sussman, but her work fits squarely in the genre of gorgeous-to-look-at art films. Describing herself as a…
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News, There at Creation

There at Creation

Pamela Kramlich's Pacific Heights mansion flickers with ghostly figures. Above the massive stone fireplace, the video art superstar Matthew Barney prances across a TV screen in his nightmare guise — a goatman in an immaculate white suit. A tangle of…
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News, Sucka Free City

Drawing Restraint

"I wish we'd smoked pot," one art student whispered to his companion as the class of San Francisco Art Institute grad students filed into the back entrance of SFMOMA last week. The class (and one tag-along writer) was on a…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Repertory Film

Capsule reviews of current film releases appear below. They are penned by Michael Atkinson, Bill Gallo, Jordan Harper, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson, and Robert Wilonsky. The print listings below rotate regularly, as space allows. Commentary by Gregg…
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Music, Let's Get Killed From highbrow to hardcore: Matthew Barney,  Björk, and the digicamarazzi

From highbrow to hardcore: Matthew Barney, Björk, and the digicamarazzi

Culture queens of Björk's status can't just saunter into a room without magnetically tractor-beaming the eyeballs of everyone within sight of her hot-pink stockings. Especially when she steps into a museum party with a small entourage that includes a flashy…
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Film, Björk to the Future

Björk to the Future

There's a fine line between artistic genius and pretentious wankery, and most cinéastes will tell you that the films of Matthew Barney exist right around that line. Those who like his work usually admit that it's almost too insufferably pretentious…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The slippery side of Matthew Barney and Saviours

The slippery side of Matthew Barney and Saviours

Artist Matthew Barney 's films are like the flirt whose calls you keep taking even though you share little in common. At least that's how they work on me; I'm always hoping that the wall between his grandiose visual constructions…
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Music, Reviewed Björk


Heavy breathing. A sultry moan. In the distance, a discordant celesta. No, it's not an elaborately textured prank call from some hot and bothered musician; it's "Pearl," one of 11 tracks composed by Björk for arty beau Matthew Barney's latest…
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Music, OK Then Title Any Day Now

Title Any Day Now

Heklina, a drag queen standing about 6 feet tall and weighing roughly 180 pounds, is dressed like Björk. Well, not Björk per se, but the Björk cyborg character from the Icelandic songstress' 1999 music video for her tune "All Is…
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Film, A Long, Strange Trip

A Long, Strange Trip

Cremaster 3 is the final installment of Matthew Barney's five-part Cremaster cycle. If that reads like a typo, be informed that, over the last decade, Barney has been filming and releasing the different episodes out of order, if the numbering…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Landscape SuicidesThe vast open spaces of the West, where the rough terrain has not yet been overtaken by hordes of humans, are beautiful, desolate, and ultimately forbidding. Matthew Barney was raised in Idaho and Cremaster 2: The Drones' Exposition, his…
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