Publisher: Wien (Vienna), Austria: Kunsthalle Wien and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 1997
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106194
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, Tony Morgan and Lalena Fisher. 100 pp., plus 6 two-page gatefolds, with 76 four-color plates and 13 black-and-white plates finely printed by Graphische Kunstanstalt Otto Sares GmbH. 9-3/8 x 11-1/2 inches. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien and Museum für Gegenwartskunst der Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung and the Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung, Basel.
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 one 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.