Matthew Barney

Artist and Filmmaker
Born Mar 25, 1967

Matthew Barney is an American artist who works in sculpture, photography, drawing and film. His early works are sculptural installations combined with performance and video. Between 1994 and 2002 he created the CREMASTER Cycle, a series of five films described by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian as "one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema."… Read More

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1967 Birth Matthew Barney was born March 25, 1967, as the younger of two children in San Francisco, California, where he lived until he was 7.
1973 6 Years Old He lived in Boise, Idaho from 1973 to 1985, where his father got a job administering a catering service at Boise State University and where he attended elementary, middle, and high school. … Read More


1985 18 Years Old Barney was recruited by Yale University in 1985 to play football and planned to go into pre-med, but he also intended to study art.


1989 22 Years Old In 1989, he graduated from Yale. … Read More
1990 23 Years Old Following his inclusion in various group shows at Althea Viafora gallery in New York in 1990, Barney's solo debut in 1991 at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery was hailed by the New York Times as "an extraordinary first show". … Read More
1995 28 Years Old The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, organized a solo exhibition of his work that toured Europe throughout 1995 and 1996. … Read More


2005 38 Years Old A large-scale exhibition of the entire “Drawing Restraint” series was organized by the 21st Century Museum for Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in 2005 and traveled to Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Serpentine Gallery, London; and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. … Read More


2013 46 Years Old 1 More Event
As of September 2013, Barney and Björk are no longer a couple; Björk chronicles the breakup in her 2015 album Vulnicura. … Read More
2015 48 Years Old In 2015, Barney exhibited "Matthew Barney: River of Fundament" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, his largest filmic project since the Cremaster Cycle and first major museum solo exhibition in Los Angeles. … Read More
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