• 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.

    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.

  • Richard Pousette-Dart

    Cincinnati Art Museum
    953 Eden Park Drive
    February 3–May 3, 2007

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    June 29–September 17, 2006

    Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
    California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue
    October 14, 2006–January 14, 2007

    Curated by Robert Flynn Johnson

    Richard Pousette-Dart was the youngest of the “irascibles,” but he made up for his late start by working into the early ’90s. His mythical brand of expressionism was sometimes abstract and sometimes figurative, betraying debts to Surrealism and Native American and Oceanic art. Organized by LACMA, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, this exhibition is Pousette-Dart’s largest in a museum on the West Coast and will showcase the artist’s transcendental mysticism in fifty drawings from 1940 to 1992, representing his progression through as many styles—from the totemic, which marked his early years, to the abstract black-and-white of his later works—as there were decades of production.