The closing 31-minute section of Cremaster 3 from artist Matthew Barney’s epic Cremaster cycle, subtitled “The Order.” In it, Barney portrays an apprentice seeking Masonic redemption and running an uphill gauntlet on the famed spiral ramps of Frank Lloyd Wright’s New York landmark, the Guggenheim Museum. At the top, hurling molten petroleum jelly in the apprentice’s path, is sculptor Richard Serra. But before facing Serra, he must pass such obstacles as tap-dancing Girl Scouts, a hardcore duel between Agnostic Front and Murphy’s Law, and a toothsome model who morphs into a snarling cheetah. —Barnes & Noble
Matthew Barney was born in San Francisco in 1967; at age six, he moved to Idaho with his family. After his parents divorced, Barney continued to live with his father in Idaho, playing football on his high school team, and visiting his mother in New York City, where he was introduced to art and museums. This intermingling of sports and art informs his work as a sculptor and filmmaker. After graduating from Yale in 1991, Barney entered the art world to almost instant controversy and success. He is best known as the producer and creator of the “CREMASTER” films, a series of five visually extravagant works created out of sequence (“CREMASTER 4” began the cycle, followed by “CREMASTER 1,” etc.). The films generally feature Barney in myriad roles, including characters as diverse as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini, and even the infamous murderer Gary Gilmore. The title of the films refers to the muscle that raises and lowers the male reproductive system according to temperature… read more
How to spot an idiotic review: 1. The use of pretentious without understanding the word's meaning. 2. Describing a film as boring, a subjective feeling that is usually used objectively by pretentious fools. 3. The use of self-indulgent, a stupid word that can be applied to every work of art ever created as no great artist ever created to appeal to a wide audience. (Such types are usually Kubrick and Coppola lovers)
Complete bullshit. Barney obviously had no idea what he was doing when he made this pretentious "sculpture", as he prefers it to be called. Extremely boring, self-indulgent and all around unpleasant with little to no original content or original ideas. Not to mention, its repetitive nature is not only tedious and boring, but is also incredibly patronizing.