San Francisco

Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 2, 1988, still from black-and-white video. Photo: Michael Rees.

Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 2, 1988, still from black-and-white video. Photo: Michael Rees.

San Francisco

Matthew Barney

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
June 23–September 17, 2006

Curated by Yuko Hasegawa

Now that the completed Cremaster cycle has toured the world, it is time to consider Matthew Barney’s other ambitious multidisciplinary project, “Drawing Restraint,” 1987–, which embodies yet more of his incomparable cosmology. The sweeping exhibition at SF MOMA—curated by Yuko Hasegawa from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan (where it premiered last summer), and co-organized with the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul—will present nearly 150 films, sculptures, drawings, and photographs from the ongoing project. Among them will be the first works Barney realized while studying at Yale in the late ’80s and the much-discussed ninth chapter: a film featuring the artist and his wife, Björk, as Occidental visitors to Japan who undergo a gruesome transformation on a whaling ship. Rumor has it that Barney might make a fourteenth installment especially for the show.