Lot 14
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Matthew Barney

30,000 - 50,000 USD
37,500 USD
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  • Matthew Barney
  • Cremaster 3: The Song of the Vertical Field
  • Edition 1 of 3
  • Chromogenic prints in artist's frames
  • Each 42 1/8  by 34 in. (107 by 86.4 cm.)
    Overall 42 1/8  by 70 in. (107 by 177.8 cm.)
a diptych of chromogenic prints, each in an acrylic artist's frame, the left panel signed in ink and with the photographer's crest engraved, each with a Barbara Gladstone Gallery label, with typed titled, date, and edition number, on the reverse, 2002, no. one in an edition of 3 (2) 


Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2002


Nancy Spector, Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle (New York, 2003), p. 255

Matthew Barney, Cremaster 3 (New York, 2002), unpaginated

Catalogue Note

Cremaster 3 is the culmination of Matthew Barney’s epic five-part Cremaster cycle. The series consists of five feature-length films intentionally created out of order – Barney made Cremaster 4 first (1994) and Cremaster 3 last (2002) – thereby forming an unconventional and non-linear narrative consisting not only of the films but also of related photographs, sculptures, drawings, and books.

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.