- Matthew Barney
- Cremaster 3: The Song of the Vertical Field
- Edition 1 of 3
- Chromogenic prints in artist's frames
Matthew Barney, Cremaster 3 (New York, 2002), unpaginated
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This ambitious eight-year project draws its name from the male cremaster muscle, by which the testicles are raised and lowered in response to external stimuli such as temperature or fear. This anatomical reference is the basis for several themes in Barney’s Cremaster cycle, including physiological and mental aspects of the human body and ascending/descending.
Filmed in various locations including the Guggenheim Museum and the Chrysler Building, Cremaster 3 is set in part in the fantastical, art-deco 1930s. Through this diptych we are introduced to two characters from Cremaster 3: at left the Chrysler Building’s Cloud Club Maître D’, played by singer Paul Brady, and at right The Entered Apprentice, played by Barney himself. All five Cremaster films are in the collection of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.