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.