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Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney
May 10 through September 8, 2013

Matthew Barney
Ancient Evenings: Ba Libretto, 2009
Ink, graphite and gold leaf on paperback copy of Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer, on carved salt base, in nylon and acrylic vitrine
15 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (39.4 x 34.9 x 37.5 cm)
Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Dallas
Copyright Matthew Barney

Subliming Vessel is the first museum exhibition devoted to Matthew Barney's works on paper. Featuring nearly one hundred drawings spanning the artist's career to date, the exhibition will include Barney's earliest drawings made in the late 1980s, drawings created in conjunction with the CREMASTER film cycle (1994–2002), and those related to his current project RIVER OF FUNDAMENT.

Also on view will be a selection of Barney's storyboards for his films and videos—composed of sketches, photographs, clippings, and books—used to map out the narrative structure of his projects. For the exhibition, the artist has selected items from the Morgan's collections to display as part of his storyboards, underscoring the importance literature and mythology play in the elaboration of his stories.

Subliming Vessel will also mark the creation of a new DRAWING RESTRAINT performance, the twentieth in this ongoing series that examines the relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity. The drawings created during the performance will be on view in the Morgan's Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery.

This exhibition is made possible by a lead grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Major funding is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with further generous support from the Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund, the Charles E. Pierce, Jr. Fund for Exhibitions, Barbara Gladstone, Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, and Nancy Schwartz.

Related Programs:

Artist Talk
Matthew Barney
Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.

At nearby New York Public Library:
LIVE from the NYPL
Matthew Barney in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.

Matthew Barney: No Restraint
Friday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 7, 5 p.m.

The Cremaster Cycle: A Conversation with Matthew Barney
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m.

Between the Lines
Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney
Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.

Gallery Talk
Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney
Friday, June 14, 7 p.m.

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