Barney as a J. Crew model in the 80s; with Aimee Mullins in Cremaster
You think you know weird? Meet Matthew Barney…. So, here’s the bullet points about the artist. One of the most revered conceptual artists of the past 20 years, has offspring with Bjork, they split (he’s now with painter Elizabeth Peyton) was once a model (yeah, THAT hot) and The Cremaster Cycle put him on the art map. On Saturday 28 June, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, there’ll be a day-long screening of Barney’s epic film series The Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002) It’s a visually arresting experience which creates a mythology for the modern world, from Mormonism to Houdini, satyrs and nymphs to the Celtic giant Fingal, at the heart of the film’s cast of characters and symbols is New York’s iconic skyscraper the Chrysler Building. It’s truly bizarre on a whole ‘nother level. Here’s the first 40 minutes – feel free to fast forward but scan it at least. It’s inspiring, beautiful and creepy. Btw, Barney’s success, further proves long-held thesis; pretty people get to do whatever they want.