Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 9, 2005, color film in 35 mm, 145 minutes. Production still. Photo: Chris Winget.


Matthew Barney

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens
September 20–November 11

Curated by Kitty Scott

If a single artist could be said to have defined the 1990s, it would probably be Matthew Barney. After the culmination of his “Cremaster” shebang in his 2003 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, many skeptics wondered, Well, now what? But Barney’s most recent feature film, Drawing Restraint 9, 2005, amply demonstrates his continued aesthetic fecundity. The Serpentine show consists of some thirty works, including sculptures, installations, performances, drawings, and films from the ongoing “Drawing Restraint” series. Several large sculptures related to Drawing Restraint 9 are among the exhibition highlights, and a local cinema will hold a series of screenings of the film. Drawing Restraint V, a publication featuring essays by curator Kitty Scott and critic Neville Wakefield and a short story by the Icelandic author Sjón, accompanies the exhibition.