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Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5

Publisher: Frankfurt and New York: Portikus and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, 1997
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 1881616878
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106195



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated stiff French-fold wrappers with additional printed translucent vinyl outer wrap; no dust jacket as issued. Film by Matthew Barney. Text by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve. Includes credits for the film. Designed by Matthew Barney and Tony Morgan. 108 pp., plus 8 two-page gatefolds, with four-color plates throughout. 9-3/8 x 11-1/2 inches. Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Portikus, Frankfurt, C3 Center for Culture and Communication, Budapest, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York and Film Forum, New York.


Near Fine (vertical crease to rear cover, minor shelf wear and bumps to corners, else Fine).


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.