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Cremaster 1

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The 'Cremaster' is a series of films by the American artist Matthew Barney. 'Cremaster 1' is, chronologically speaking, not the first episode that was made, but it is the first one seen in the Cremaster story. In this abstract and colourful film, filled with majorettes and stewardesses from the 'thirties, the development of the human embryo has pride of place. Each episode in the Cremaster series is accompanied by sculptures, drawings and photographs. Although originally used on the set, they are each autonomous works of art. So, too, is the object seen here.

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Title Cremaster 1
Material and technique Cast polyester, self-lubricating plastic, prosthetic pastic, patent vinyl, silkscreended video disc
Object type
Sculpture > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 37 cm
Length 57 cm
Width 45.5 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Matthew Barney
Accession number BEK 1690 a-c (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1996
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1996
Age artist About 28 years old
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
Casting > Cast > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Casting > Cast > Shaping techniques > General technique > Technique > Material and technique
Silkscreen print > Stencil screen printing technique > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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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...

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