Wednesday, September 13, 2006

As a follow up to Mr. Doyle's post below, if you find yourself in San Francisco before September 18th, make sure to check out the SF MoMA Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint exhibit. The entire 4th floor (plus part of the atrium and 3rd floor stairwell) have been turned over to Mr. Barney and his petroleum jelly sculptures in all their various forms. There are also plentiful objects from Drawing Restraint 9 (the movie) including the aforementioned whale poop, and some stunning and beautiful oversized C-prints made from movie stills (mounted in self-lubricating petroleum jelly frames, natch).

Each phase of Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint project (1 through 14) is on display here. Like all good retrospectives, this one gives the viewer a chance to see themes in the artist's work that endure and mature over time, as well as increasing mastery of his chosen mediums: drawing, sculpture/installation and film.

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