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Matthew Barney: Contemporary Mythologies Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fondazione merz/ hopefulmonster Editore; Bilingual edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8877572353
  • ISBN-13: 978-8877572356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sprout on September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Note for buyers -- the entire book is actually in Italian. At the very back of the book is all the text translated to English lumped together. So you'll have to flip back and forth between the English and the Italian to reference the pictures that go with chapters. I thought it might also be helpful to list the written chapter titles here:

* The Contemporary Mythology of Matthew Barney
* The Time of Tale
____Group 1: "When the eyes can't see"
____Group 2: Rituals and tradition
____Group 3: Cognitive restraints in art-therapeutic setting's experience and restraints in Barney's DR
____Group 4: Transgender Humans and Artworks
* Arte Metafisica in New York
* A Conversation. Richard Flood and Matthew Barney
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RANDY S on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jed Perl (Art critic for "The New Republic") in his 8/3/10 article "The PICTURE: Midcult Revisited: Is imitation high art--like `The Old Man and the Sea' or the work of Matthew Barney--cheapening the real thing?" writes...

"A case in point was the Matthew Barney show a few years back at the Guggenheim. That was midcult on a massive scale. Barney embraced all the discoveries of modern art--the willful obscurity marshaled for psychological power, the juxtaposing and collaging of diverse elements. But all those discoveries were cheapened and simplified, turned into mass spectacle. This was Surrealism reimagined as Disneyland--a perfect example of the problem that Macdonald had identified in 1961..."

He continues "In the midst of this dark vision, Kierkegaard speaks of the possibility that some individual can announce that he is the public--and can, perhaps, shift the public's attention. And so we are left hoping that an individual can take an independent stand. I am convinced that there were at least a few people who went to the Guggenheim to see the Matthew Barney show and knew immediately, instinctively that his work was a fraud..."

Critics Kimmelman vs. Perl. I doubt Robert Hughes has any praise for Barney either.
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