Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseMary Farley
FactPlayed football during his youth in Idaho.


Matthew Barney is an American artist who is best known for his avant-garde films, which often incorporate elements of mythology and surrealism.

Barney was born in San Francisco, California, in 1967. His father was a stockbroker and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters.

Barney was educated at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He went on to study at Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

It was while Barney was at Yale that he began to develop his unique artistic style, which would later come to be known as the “Barney aesthetic.” After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he continued to pursue his art career.

In the early 1990s, Barney began to gain recognition for his work, which often featured bizarre and surrealistic images. His first major project was the “Cremaster” cycle, a series of five films that explored the concept of the creative process.

The “Cremaster” cycle was followed by the “Drawing Restraint” series, which consisted of nine films that explored the relationship between humans and their environment.

In recent years, Barney has continued to push the boundaries of art with his ambitious projects. His most recent work, “River of Fundament,” is a six-hour film that combines live action with animation to tell the story of the death and rebirth of the Egyptian god Osiris.

Barney’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world, and he has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

Barney is currently married to Icelandic artist Björk, with whom he has one child.

General Info

Full NameMatthew Barney
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Costume designer, Film Editor, Visual Artist, Film Art Director
EducationYale University
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseMary Farley
ChildrenÍsadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney
ParentsMarsha Gibney, Robert

Accomplishments

AwardsHugo Boss Prize
MoviesRiver of Fundament, De Lama Lamina, Matthew Barney: No Restraint, Drawing Restraint 9, Cremaster 3, Cremaster 2, Cremaster 5, Cremaster 1, Cremaster 4, Drawing Restraint 17, Bolivia 3: Confederation Next

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Facts

#Fact
1Retrospective at the 16th New Horizons Film Festival (2016).
2As he is one the most important contemporary media artists, he won the 2000 Europe Prize at Venice Biennale (1993).
3Played football during his youth in Idaho.
4He is a member of the 2006 Berlinale jury in Berlin, Germany
5Graduated from Yale.
6Daughter, Isadora (b. October 3, 2002), with 'Bjork'.

Movies

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
River of Fundament2014
Drawing Restraint 172010Short
De Lama Lamina2007
Destricted2006segment "Hoist"
Drawing Restraint 92005
The Cremaster Cycle2003
Cremaster 32002
Cremaster 21999
March of the Anal Sadistic Warrior1998Short
Cremaster 51997
Cremaster 11996Short
Cremaster 41995Short
Drawing Restraint 71993Video short

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
River of Fundament2014
De Lama Lamina2007
Destricted2006segment "Hoist"
Drawing Restraint 92005
The Cremaster Cycle2003
Cremaster 32002
Cremaster 21999writer
March of the Anal Sadistic Warrior1998Short writer
Cremaster 51997
Cremaster 11996Short
Cremaster 41995Short

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
River of Fundament2014producer
De Lama Lamina2007producer
Drawing Restraint 92005producer
The Cremaster Cycle2003producer
Cremaster 32002producer
Cremaster 21999producer
March of the Anal Sadistic Warrior1998Short producer
Cremaster 51997producer
Cremaster 11996Short producer
Cremaster 41995Short producer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
River of Fundament2014The Ka of Norman / Osiris: James Lee Byars
Drawing Restraint 92005Occidental Guest
The Cremaster Cycle2003
Cremaster 32002The Entered Apprentice
Cremaster 21999Gary Gilmore
March of the Anal Sadistic Warrior1998Short
Cremaster 51997Diva / Giant / Magician
Cremaster 41995ShortThe Loughton Candidate

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drawing Restraint 92005
Cremaster 32002

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drawing Restraint 92005lyrics: "Cetacea" / writer: "Gratitude", "Holographic Entrypoint", "Cetacea"

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drawing Restraint 92005

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drawing Restraint 92005

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cremaster 11996Short choreographer

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Process Is the Thing2013Documentary post-production
Charlie Rose2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Körperspiele: Matthew Barney und seine Welt2014TV Movie documentaryMatthew Barney
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Drawing Restraint 172010ShortHimself
Art, Architecture and Innovation: Celebrating the Guggenheim Museum2009Documentary shortHimself
American Hardcore2006DocumentaryHimself
Matthew Barney: No Restraint2006DocumentaryHimself
Viva2004TV SeriesHimself - Indie Film Director
The Cremaster Cycle: A Conversation with Matthew Barney2004DocumentaryHimself
Art in the Twenty-First Century2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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