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Introduction

Over the last three decades, few artists have taken on projects of such ambitious scale, originality and technical innovation as Matthew Barney (born 1967). Since his graduation from Yale in 1989, Barney has created a body of work that incorporates sculpture, installation, performance and video art, work that is often executed in series over the course of many years. Much of his work explores themes of athleticism, sexuality, and the capacities of the human body. His latest body of work, titled Redoubt, is centered around a feature-length film set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range, and layers classical, cosmological, and American myths about humanity’s place in the world.   

Barney has received several awards, including the Europa Prize at the Venice Biennale, the first Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim Museum, and the Skowhegan Medal for Combined Media. He has held solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, among other institutions.

Barney has been pushing the boundaries of printmaking at Two Palms since 2015 where he combined new electroplating techniques with his printed works.  

New Works 2

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In vain produced, all rays return,
Evil will bless, and ice will burn
, 2015
Four Woodburytypes on copper mounting with electroformed copper, nickel and 24 karat gold, in red oak frame
11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches each
Edition of 12

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Defensible Space, 2019
Etching in black ink on hand-dyed paper with electro formed copper in high-density polyethylene frame
20 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches 
Edition of 12

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Lupus, 2019
Etching in black ink on hand-dyed paper with electro formed copper in high-density polyethylene frame
25 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches
Edition of 12

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In vain produced, all rays return,
Evil will bless, and ice will burn
, 2015
Four Woodburytypes on copper mounting with electroformed copper, nickel and 24 karat gold, in red oak frame
11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches each
Edition of 12

Defensible Space, 2019
Etching in black ink on hand-dyed paper with electro formed copper in high-density polyethylene frame
20 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches 
Edition of 12

Lupus, 2019
Etching in black ink on hand-dyed paper with electro formed copper in high-density polyethylene frame
25 5/8 x 22 3/4 inches
Edition of 12

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2019  Matthew Barney: REDOUBT, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
2019  Matthew Barney: REDOUBT, UCCA / Illens, Beijing, China
2015  Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2010  Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the Nail, Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland
2008  Matthew Barney: Mitologie Contemporanee, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2007  Matthew Barney, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
2007  Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
2005  Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
2004  Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Awards & Prizes

2011  Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, 54th San Francisco International Film Festival
2007  Kaiser Ring Award, Mönchehaus Museum für moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany
2002  Glen Dimplex Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
1999  James D. Phelan Art Award in Video, Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco Foundation
1996  Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1993  Europa 2000 Prize, Aperto '93, 45th Venice Biennale

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