Matthew Barney – Bildungsroman
Exhibition, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway.
Matthew Barney is arguably the artist of the 1990s who most profoundly changed the language of sculpture. He achieved this through the introduction of new materials (from petroleum jelly to gym equipment), the conflation of media and narrative structures, and his enigmatic biological fictions that are at once hilarious and monstrous. For Barney, sculpture is an emanation of places, performances, films, photos, drawings, and ephemera, in which he is typically the story’s protagonist. In this exhibition, he has created a new layout and a narrative that extends from TRANSEXUALIS (decline) (1991) to The Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002) to River of Fundament (2014).