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Matthew Barney

San Francisco 1967

Even during his student days, Matthew Barney produced performances and installations based on his experiences as a sportsman during his school years and on his interest in the human body. Since the early 1990s, Barney has become famous for his projects of epic proportions in which he deals with themes in the areas of anatomy, geology, art history and sexuality. His best known project is the Cremaster series. The title refers to the anatomical name for the muscle surrounding the testes, which contracts in reaction to stimuli such as cold or fear. Barney is considered one of the most reputable artists of his generation. He lives and works in New York.

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