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Matthew Barney: Cremaster 3

Publisher: New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 0892072539
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106193



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated stiff wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Film by Matthew Barney. Includes credits for the film. Designed by Matthew Barney and Tony Morgan. 204 pp., plus 8 two-page gatefolds, with 200 four-color plates finely printed in Germany by Cantz. 9-3/8 x 11-1/2 inches.

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.




From the publisher: "Cremaster 3, the last in Matthew Barney's epic five-part film project, is part zombie, part gangster film. Set in 1930s New York and Saratoga Springs as well as Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, the plot explores the Irish mob system, freemasonry, and Celtic lore as further symbols for the forces at play in Barney's mythological system. Named after the muscle that raises or lowers a man's testicles in response to temperature, the Cremaster series has featured Barney as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini, and even famous murderer Gary Gilmore, props made from tapioca, petroleum jelly, ice, and self-healing plastic, and settings as fantastic and desolate as the Isle of Man, an empty football stadium in Idaho, and a nearly empty opera house in Hungary. The films are slow-moving and weirdly hynotic, full of elaborate sexual and biological allusions, references to sports and fashion, and a bizarre mix of autobiography, history, and private symbolism that have earned him comparisons to Wagner. This book is the final of the five companion volumes published to coincide with the release of each of the Cremaster films. Each was designed in an original manner by the artist and features photographs and stills from the film it accompanies."