"Matthew Barney" by Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney OTTO Trilogy Matthew Barney, Nancy Spector, Maggie Nelson

Publication date:
01 Nov 2016
Gladstone Gallery
200 pages: 203 x 279mm
250 color + 25 b-w illus.
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A generously illustrated look at the intricate narrative threads of three of the artist’s earliest works, and their continued resonance today

Celebrated for works blending performance, video, and sculpture, Matthew Barney has created complex narratives that emerge across series since his earliest exhibitions. Matthew Barney: OTTO Trilogy is the first book to trace the progression of three significant early projects—Facility of INCLINE, Facility of DECLINE, and OTTOshaft— and to reveal the narrative system that links them. Titled after former football player Jim Otto, the series explores the training, discipline, and physical limits of the body alongside questions of sexual difference and desire. Featuring an illuminating introduction by Nancy Spector; an essay by Maggie Nelson on the works’ exploration of psychology, bodies, image-making, narrative, and abstraction; and a new text by the artist, this generously illustrated volume includes previously unpublished artist’s sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, research material, and video stills. It is the definitive publication on this important series, and offers a key to understanding many of the themes that thread throughout Barney’s oeuvre.

Matthew Barney is an artist based in New York. Nancy Spector is deputy director and chief curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Maggie Nelson is an essayist, poet, and cultural critic. 

Gladstone Gallery, New York