From his earliest work, Matthew Barney has explored the transcendence of physical limitations within an interdisciplinary art practice. Even an examination of his work within one medium—as is the case with Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, The Morgan Library & Museum’s new exhibition devoted to the artist’s works on paper and Rizzoli’s new book by the same name—reveals the complexity of his creative vision. Featuring nearly one hundred drawings, the exhibition spans Barney’s career, from his earliest works on paper made in the late 1980s, to drawings created in conjunction with his epic CREMASTER Cycle, a five-part film series that also incorporated sculptures and photographs, as well as storyboards of his latest project, River of Fundament, loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings and blending narrative cinema with opera, sculpture and live performance.
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