Matthew Barney

United States 1967

Sculpture, Photography, Video Art, Drawing

Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney
United States
November 21, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Known for diverse themes and innovative aesthetic vocabulary, Matthew Barney is an American contemporary sculptor, photographer, draughtsman, and one of the most talented video artists working today. When he came onto the scene in 1991, with his surreal sculptures and videos, he was a phenomenon, reaching instant success. Since then, his work has only got better and stranger. One of the most important American artists of his generation, Barney is internationally famous as a producer of films and videos. He and his crew also make sculptures and objects for the films and turn out photographs, books, and installations derived from the film projects. He doesn’t regard any of his works – the sculptures, the photographs, the books, the films – as subsidiary to any others. To him, they’re all expressions in different forms of the same ideas.[1]

Matthew Barney was featured in news in 2016 where barney's work was praised for its quality
Matthew Barney – Shaduf, 2014

Matthew Barney – a New Kind of Contemporary Art

Barney was born in San Francisco. When he was 6, his father Robert got a job running the food services at Boise State University and the family moved to Idaho. When Barney was 12, his parents divorced and his mother Marsha Gibney, an abstract painter, moved to New York. Barney and his older sister Tracy remained with his father in Boise, but he frequently visited his mother in New York, where he was exposed to contemporary art. In high school, he played on the wrestling and football teams. The summer after graduation, Barney answered an ad for a modeling job. He was spotted by a model scout and paid his way through college working for the Click modeling agency (clients included Ralph Lauren and J. Crew). Modeling meant that he had to abandon football, but he frequently references athletics in his artwork. Barney left Boise to attended college at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He entered as a premed student, thinking he would go into plastic surgery. However, after two semesters, he switched from premed to the art department. Barney’s dedication and originality were recognized by other students at Yale, who convinced the school to allow Barney to participate in the program of its highly-regarded graduate School of Art while still an undergraduate. After graduating from Yale in 1989, he moved to New York. His first studio was in Brooklyn, but he quickly moved into a studio on Leroy street that he shared with Michael Rees, a sculptor he had met at Yale.

Barney’s dedication and originality were recognized by other students at Yale

Matthew Barney home in 2005 was San Francisco
Matthew Barney – Drawing Restraint 5, documentation still – photo credits Michael Rees

Cremaster Series

Arguably, Barney’s best-known work is the Cremaster Cycle.[2] It’s a series of five films with a total running time of just under seven hours. Biologically, the cremaster is a muscle that raises and lowers the testicles, and Barney used the descent of the cremaster muscle as a symbol for the onset of male gender (which appears about nine weeks after a fetus is conceived). The five films progress from a state of undifferentiated gender – a fully ascended cremaster muscle, represented by the floating Goodyear Blimps and other symbols; through the organism’s struggle to resist gender definition, to the inevitable point where maleness can no longer be denied – the complete descent of the cremaster and release of the testicles. Over eight years, the artist looked beyond biology as a yaw to explore the creation of form, employing narrative models from other realms, such as biography, mythology, and geology.

Barney directed all five films and appears as an actor in all but Cremaster 1. The films were shot and released out of order; he first filmed Cremaster 4 (1994), then Cremaster 1 (1995), Cremaster 5 (1997), Cremaster 2 (1999), and finally ended in the middle with Cremaster 3 (2002). The films frequently reference one another, but each film follows a different set of characters (although Gary Gilmore and Houdini appear in multiple films). Barney has stated that the films not only trace the formation of sexual definition but also the creative process of the artist: Cremaster 1 is the spark of an idea; Cremaster 2 is the rejection of the idea; Cremaster 3 is the artist falling in love with the idea; Cremaster 4 is panic at the knowledge that the idea is about to come to fruition; Cremaster 5 is the final resolution.

Arguably, the Cremaster Cycle is Barney’s best known work

Matthew Barney related 2005 film was shown at norman home gallery and museum
Matthew Barney – Cremaster Cycle 3, 2002 – photo credits Chris Winget

Matthew Barney – River of Fundament

Completed in 2014, River of Fundament is one of Barney’s most challenging and ambitious projects to date, and certainly the first major series by the artist since the legendary Cremaster cycle. The Rived of Fundament and the Cremaster Cycle have a similar length and represent some of the largest filmic undertakings in contemporary video art. Over five hours long, River of Fundament is a liquid spectacle of words and music, mercury and sulfur, molten iron, blood and feces, polluted industrial rivers in New York and Detroit, a river in Idaho where sockeye salmon go to spawn and die. Rivers of shit run through it. “I am asking a lot of the audience, for sure. It’s not for everyone.”[3] This masterpiece is directly inspired by Norman Mailer’s Egyptian novel Ancient Evenings, his infamous classic that chronicled the passage of a narrator through the stations of death and reincarnation.

In a sequence of unique live performances, a series of massive sculptures, and, finally, a marathon-length opera in cinematic form, made with the artist’s longtime collaborator, the composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney has elaborated a richly perverse and complex universe in which mythology, iconography, narrative, sex, and death are inextricably entwined.[4] After playing the escapologist Harry Houdini in 1999 Cremaster 2, Mailer recommended his book to Barney. At first, the artist was dubious. Much of Mailer’s lengthy novel is extracted from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, which itself exists in many variants. It took the author a decade to write it – Barney worked on this project for seven years. The ending result is an impeccably shot video, with stunning visuals. The music was composed and directed by Jonathan Bepler, whose works corresponds wonderfully with the magnificence of the visuals.

The River of Fundament is Barney’s first major series since Cremaster Cycle

Drawing Restraint

Despite changing technologies, contemporary drawing, as a means to describe and think our world, remains central to the creative process. It is a basic form of human expression capable of communicating across all kinds of cultural borders. Drawing has always been an incredibly important part of Matthew Barney’s practice: his first major work, completed while still at Yale Art School, involved him creating a wall drawing while harnessed to the ceiling of his studio.[5] In contrast to his films and live events, which have in some instances involved hundreds of participants, Drawing Restraint is Barney’s solo mode of practice. Prior to his exhibitions being made public, Barney will typically deploy trampolines, hoists and technical climbing equipment to ascend and traverse the otherwise empty spaces. Through this process, these architectural confines become the restraining element of Barney’s expanded drawing procedures. The residue and marks that result from these interactions index the artist’s contact with his environment, resulting in site-specific works that make a subject of the artist’s body and its physical limitations.

Matthew Barney lives and works in Long Island City, Queens.


  1. Kimmelman M., The Importance of Matthew Barney, The New York Times Magazine [November 14,2016]
  2. Spector N. and Wakefield N., Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, Guggenheim Museum Publications (2002)
  3. Searle A., Matthew Barney: ‘My work is not for everyone’, The Guardian [November 14,2016]
  4. Enwezor O., Matthew Barney: River of Fundament, Skira Rizzoli (2014)
  5. Kertess K., Horn R., Phillips A., Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, Skira Rizzoli; 1st edition (2013)

Featured image: Matthew Barney – portrait – image via
All other images courtesy of Gladstone Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Facility of DECLINEGladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
2016Matthew Barney: Drawing RestraintAdam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New ZealandSolo
2016Matthew Barney: BildungsromanAstrup Fearnley, OsloSolo
2016Flying over the AbyssAthens Conservatoire, AthensGroup
2016Body Extensions: Prosthetics and SculptureHenry Moore Institute, Leeds, United KingdomGroup
2016Winter in AmericaJack Shaniman Gallery: The School, Kinderhook, New YorkGroup
2016Hey You! Who Me?Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, ConnecticutGroup
2016Come as You Are: Art of the 1990sBlanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; travelled to: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair; Telfair Museums, Savannah; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann ArborGroup
2016The Campaign for Art: ContemporarySan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San FranciscoGroup
2016Receipt of a Magical AgentCenter for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York Group
2015Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENTMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesSolo
2015WATER CASTINGS: Fourteen PiecesRegen Projects, Los AngelesSolo
2015All The World's a StageSammlung Goetz, Munich, GermanyGroup
2015Future PresentSchaulager, Munchenstein, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Partial PresenceZabludowicz Collection, LondonGroup
2015HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography CollectionThe University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann ArborGroup
2015A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family CollectionThe FLAG Art Foundation, New YorkGroup
2015La La La Human StepsMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2015America is Hard to SeeWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2015Flying over the AbyssThe Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Crete, GreeceGroup
2015Winter in AmericanJack Shainman Gallery: The Shop, New YorkGroup
2015Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimGuggenheim Museum, New YorkGroup
2015The Articulated VoidThe Post-Contemporary, Troy, New YorkGroup
2014RIVER OF FUNDAMENTHaus der Kunst, Munich; traveling to: The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesSolo
2014Crown ZincSadie Coles, LondonSolo
2014Drawing RestraintArt Gallery of Ontario, OntarioSolo
2014Manifest Intention. Drawing in All its FormsCastello di Rivoli, Torino, ItalyGroup
2014A Very Short History of Contemporary SculpturePhillips, LondonGroup
2014Man in the MirrorVanhaerents Art Collection, BrusselsGroup
2014A Thousand DoorsPresented by NEON, in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, Gennadius Library and Grounds, American School of Classical Studies, AthensGroup
2014Not For All My Little WordsMarc Straus, New YorkGroup
2014Philippe Parreno – DessinsCahiers d’Art, ParisGroup
2014Love Story- Anne & Wolfgang Titze CollectionWinter Palace and 21er Haus, Belvedere, ViennaGroup
2014A Secret Affair: Selections From the Fuhrman Family CollectionThe Contemporary Austin, AustinGroup
2014A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the StudioMuseum of Modern Art, NYGroup
2014Stanze-Rooms me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin Group
2013Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew BarneyMorgan Library, New York; traveled to: Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ParisSolo
2013Legacy: Photographs From the Emily Fisher Landau CollectionThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut Group
2013AquatopiaNottingham Contemporary, NottinghamGroup
2013Gironcoli: contextBelvedere, ViennaGroup
2013Altars of MadnessCasino Luxembourg, Luxembourg [traveled to: Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France]Group
2013Expo 1: New YorkMoMA PS1, New York [traveled to: Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro]Group
201312th Lyon BiennialLyon, France, curated by Gunnar KvaranGroup
2013Sharjah BiennialSharjah, United Arab EmiratesGroup
2013NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No StarNew Museum, New YorkGroup
2013do itStacion-Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, PrishtinaGroup
2012From Death to Death and Other Small TalesScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, EdinburghGroup
2012The Studio: Workshop and MythStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2012Der Nackte MannLentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, AustriaGroup
2012Battleground StatesUtah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake CityGroup
2012To Be with Art Is All We AskAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2012Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty YearsMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York; traveled to: Warhol Museum, PittsburghGroup
2012The Circus as a Parallel UniverseKunsthalle Wien, ViennaGroup
2012Topsy Turvyde Appel Arts Centre, AmsterdamGroup
2012American ExuberanceRubell Family Collection, MiamiGroup
2012Behold America!Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art, San DiegoGroup
2012Houdini: Art and MagicMadison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Washington Group
2011DJEDGladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
2011In the Name of the Artists: American Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley CollectionBienal Pavilion, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2011Perspectives – On the Borders of Art and PhilosophyReykjavik Art Museum, ReykjavikGroup
2011Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2011Silent Echoes - Collection 121st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JapanGroup
2011The Luminous IntervalGuggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2011OceanomaniaNouveau Musee National de Monaco, MonacoGroup
2011Black SwanRegen Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2011Home AloneSender Collection, MiamiGroup
2011American ExuberanceRubell Family Collection, Contemporary Arts Foundation, MiamiGroup
2011Black Swan: The ExhibitionRegen Projects, Los Angeles (CA), USAGroup
2011Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in SportsMiddlebury College Museum of Art, VermontGroup
2011Testing GroundZabludowicz Collection London, London Group
2010Matthew BarneySadie Coles HQ, LondonSolo
2010Matthew Barney: Prayer Sheet with the Wound and the NailSchaulager, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2010Robert Mapplethorpe: Night workAlison Jacques Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Houdini: Art and MagicThe Jewish Museum, New York; traveled to: Skirball Cultural Center, Los AngelesGroup
2010Accessories to An ArtworkGlenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New YorkGroup
2010SweatPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Do Redo UndoWiels Museum, BrusselsGroup
2010Focus on Artists: 75th anniversarySan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San FranciscoGroup
2010The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern TimesMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2010Collecting BiennialsWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2010Hard TargetsWexner Center for the Arts, ColumbusGroup
2010Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou CollectionNew Museum, New YorkGroup
2010Sexuality and TranscendenceVictor Pinchuk Foundation, KievGroup
2010TransformationMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan Group
2010Keeping It Real: An Exhibition in Four Acts: Act 1: The Corporeal: The D. Daskalopoulos CollectionWhitechapel Gallery, London Group
2009Matthew Barney: Ancient Evenings: LibrettoGladstone Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2009Nine New DestinationsInhotim Cultural Institute, Brumadinho, BrazilGroup
2009100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009)P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New YorkGroup
2009BAROCKMADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, NaplesGroup
2009Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty YearsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2009CellaComplesso Monumentale di San Michele a Ripa, RomeGroup
2009Bad HabitsAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkGroup
2009Chelsea Visits HavanaMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, HavanaGroup
2009Rotating Views #1Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
20091992009D’Amelio Terras, New YorkGroup
2009Blood of Two: Matthew Barney & Elizabeth PeytonSlaughterhouse, Deste Foundation Project Space, Hydra, GreeceGroup
2009Yokohama Triennial: Time CrevasseYokohama, JapanGroup
2009Here Is Every: Four Decades of Contemporary ArtMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2009Meet Me Around the Corner - Works from the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2009Under Pain of DeathAustrian Cultural Forum, New YorkGroup
2009Las Implicaciones de la ImagenMuseo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte, Mexico CityGroup
2009SlaughterhouseDeste Foundation Project Space, Hydra, GreeceGroup
2008Matthew Barney: Mitologie ContemporaneeFondazione Merz, Turin, ItalySolo
2008Matthew Barney: Drawing RestraintKunsthalle Wien, ViennaSolo
2008Listen Darling… The World Is YoursEllipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Art Centre, Cascais, PortugalGroup
2008histoires de point d’ironieGalerie du Jour, ParisGroup
2007Matthew Barney: Drawing from Guardian of the VeilRegen Projects, Los AngelesSolo
2007Matthew BarneySammlung Goetz, Munich, GermanySolo
2007Matthew BarneyMonchehaus Museum fur moderne Kunst, Goslar, GermanySolo
2007Matthew BarneySadie Coles HQ, LondonSolo
2007Matthew Barney: Drawing RestraintSerpentine Gallery, London; traveled to: Kunsthalle Wien, ViennaSolo
2007Sculptors DrawingAspen Art Museum, Aspen, ColoradoGroup
2007I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in ArtCheim & Read, New YorkGroup
2007Role ExchangeSean Kelly, New YorkGroup
2007ExistenciasMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, SpainGroup
2007MaskJames Cohan, New YorkGroup
2007Il Tempo del PostinoManchester International Festival, Manchester, EnglandGroup
2007Concept: Photography-Dialogues & AttitudesLudwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2007Artist Moving ImageBath Film Festival, Bath, EnglandGroup
2007MythosKunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AustriaGroup
2007PrisonBloomberg SPACE, LondonGroup
2007Lights Camera Action: Artist's Film for the CinemaWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2007Narcissus FacesCook Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2007Speed 1Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, SpainGroup
2007Concept: Photography-Dialogues & AttitudesLudwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Cologne, Germany Group
2007TwomblyKunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, AustriaGroup
2007WEISSE FOLTER, K20K21Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyGroup
2006The Occidental GuestGladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
2006Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint 9 StoryboardsJohn McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New YorkSolo
2006Not all is Visible: Works from the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2006All in the Present Must Be Transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph BeuysDeutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; traveled to: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, ItalyGroup
2006Defamation of CharacterP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New YorkGroup
2006The Eighth SquareMuseum Ludwig, Koln, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2006The Guggenheim CollectionKunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, GermanyGroup
2006New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture, Film, Music and VideoGrimaldi Forum, MonacoGroup
2006Human GameStazione Leopolda, Florence, ItalyGroup
2006Surprise, SurpriseInstitute of Contemporary Art, LondonGroup
2006Into Me - Out of MeP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; traveled: to Kunstwerke, BerlinGroup
2006Having New EyesAspen Art Museum, Aspen, ColoradoGroup
2006Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago CollectionsMuseum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoGroup
2006Thank You for the MusicGalerie Spruth Magers, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006Dark PlacesSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2005Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; traveled to: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtSolo
200511th BIM Biennial of Moving ImagesCentre pour l'Image contemporaine, ParisGroup
2005Bidibidobidiboo: Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo CollectionTurin, ItalyGroup
2005(My Private) HeroesMARTa Herford, Herford, GermanyGroup
2005Work Time - Material Time - Life TimeAkureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, IcelandGroup
2005Quartet: Barney, Gober, Levine, WalkerWalker Art Center, Minneapolis Group
2004Matthew Barney: The Cremaster CycleSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkSolo
2004Klutterkammer: An Exhibition by John BockInstitute of Contemporary Art, LondonGroup
2004Working Editions: An Exploration of Art and FunctionFine Art in Space, New YorkGroup
2004Il Bello e le bestieMuseum d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento, ItalyGroup
2004Love - Hate From Magritte to Cattelan: Masterpieces from the Museum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoVilla Manin Center of Contemporary Art, Passariano, Udine, ItalyGroup
2004Touch and Temperature: Art in the Age of Cybernetic TotalismBitforms, New YorkGroup
2004The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony - Emerging Resonances21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JapanGroup
2003Matthew Barney in the Living Art MuseumLiving Art Museum, ReykjavikSolo
2003Matthew Barney: CREMASTER IBoise Art Museum, BoiseSolo
2003Matthew Barney: The Cremaster CycleAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloSolo
2003Perfect Innocence: The Debra and Dennis Scholl CollectionContemporary Museum, Baltimore; traveled to: Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FloridaGroup
2003Picturing the Artist: Photography from the MCA CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoGroup
2003Just Love Me: Post-Feminist Art of the 1990s from the Goetz CollectionBregrenz Art Museum, Bregenz, Austria; traveled to: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NetherlandsGroup
2003Fast Forward: Media Art Sammlung Goetz, Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2003SilverArt Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British ColumbiaGroup
2003StorytellingWexner Center for the Arts, ColumbusGroup
2003Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the ViewerLa Biennale di Venezia, Venice, ItalyGroup
2002Matthew Barney: The CREMASTER Cyclethe Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; traveled to: Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New YorkSolo
2002PenetrationFriedrich Petzel and Marianne Boesky, New YorkGroup
2002Shortcuts: Works from The Dakis Joannou CollectionNicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, CyprusGroup
2002Arte Contemporáneo InternacionalMuseo de Arte Moderno, Mexico CityGroup
2002Hautnah: The Goetz CollectionMuseum Villa Stuck, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American ArtWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2002Moving PicturesSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; traveled to: Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2002TempoP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New YorkGroup
2002Sand in der Vaseline: Kunstlerbucher II: 1980 - 2000Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, GermanyGroup
2002Life Death Love Hate Pleasure PainMuseum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoGroup
2001Ten PhotographersGalleri K, OsloGroup
2001American Art from the Goetz CollectionGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2001Uniform: Order and DisorderP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New YorkGroup
2001Parkett, Collaborations and Editions since 1984Museum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
2001The Glen Dimplex Artists Award Exhibition 2001Irish Museum of Modern Art, DublinGroup
2001Affecting InventionCarrie Secrist, ChicagoGroup
2001Public OfferingsLos Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2001Heads and HandsDecatur House, Washington, D.C.Group
2001Hypermental: Rampant Reality 1950–2000 From Dali to KoonsKunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Arte Contemporaneo InternacionalMuseo de Arte Moderno, Mexico CityGroup
2000Matthew Barney: Cremaster 5, Artspace, Auckland Solo
2000Matthew Barney, Jennifer Pastor, Charles RayBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New York Group
2000Staged: Constructions in Contemporary PhotographyBonakdar Jancou, New YorkGroup
2000Recent AqusitionsKunstwerke, BerlinGroup
2000MUSEUMAstrup-Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2000Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American CultureMuseum of Contemporary Art, ChicagoGroup
2000media_city seoul 2000Contemporary Art and Technology Biennial, SeoulGroup
2000Voila: Le monde dans la têteMusee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ParisGroup
2000What’s New: Recent Acquisitions in PhotographyWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
2000Outbound: Passages from the 90’sContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TexasGroup
1999CREMASTER 2: The Drones’ ExpositionWalker Art Center, Minneapolis; traveled to: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San FranciscoSolo
1999Carnegie InternationalCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGroup
1999Regarding BeautyHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.Group
1999The Promise of Photography: Selected Works from the DG Bank CollectionP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New YorkGroup
1998March with the Anal Sadistic WarriorKunstkanaal, AmsterdamSolo
1998CREMASTER 5Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, SpainSolo
1998CREMASTER 5Regen Projects, Los AngelesSolo
1998CREMASTER 1offentliche Kunstsammlung, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
1998Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary ArtModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
1998Scratches on the Surface of ThingsMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen, RotterdamGroup
1998Die Rache der VeronikaDie Fotosammlung Lambert, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1998Emotion: Young British and American art from the Goetz collectionDeichtorhallen Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1998Plus ZonePalazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, ItalyGroup
1998Global Vision, New Art from the 90’s - with new acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou CollectionDeste Foundation, AthensGroup
1998Extensions: Aspects of the FigureThe Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, ConnecticutGroup
1997CREMASTER 5Portikus, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
1997CREMASTER 5Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
1997CREMASTER 1Kunsthalle Wien, ViennaSolo
1997De-GenderismSetagaya Art Museum, TokyoGroup
1997A Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in PhotographySolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York [traveled to: the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]Group
1997Sous le ManteauGallery Thaddaeus Ropac, ParisGroup
1997Loco-MotionCinema Accademia Dorsoduro, Venice, ItalyGroup
1997Biennale de LyonLyon, FranceGroup
1996Transexualis and REPRESSIA - CREMASTER 1 and CREMASTER 4San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San FranciscoSolo
1996Hugo Boss Prize ExhibitionGuggenheim SoHo, New YorkGroup
199610th Biennale of SydneySydney, AustraliaGroup
1996Matthew Barney, Tony Oursler and Jeff WallSammlung Goetz, Munich, GermanyGroup
1996Foreign BodyMuseum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
1996Hybridsde Appel Arts Centre, AmsterdamGroup
1996Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami and Los AngelesMuseum of Contemporary Art, MiamiGroup
1996Picasso: a Contemporary DialogueGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
1996Passions PriveesMusee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ParisGroup
1996Art at Home, Ideal Standard LifeThe Spiral Garden, TokyoGroup
1996Faustrecht der FreiheitNeues Museum Weserberg, Bremen, GermanyGroup
1995Matthew BarneyBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
1995Art Now: Matthew Barney: OTTOshaftThe Tate Gallery, LondonSolo
1995Matthew BarneyFondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, ParisSolo
1995PACE CAR for the HUBRIS PILLMuseum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; traveled to: Musee d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Kunsthalle Bern, BernSolo
1995Drawing on Chance: Selections from the CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkGroup
1995DASAMERICAS IIMuseu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
1995Ripple Across the Water 95Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Group
1995Biennial ExhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art, New York Group
1995ARS '95Museum of Contemporary Art, HelsinkiGroup
1995The Masculine MasqueradeList Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MassachusettsGroup
1995Altered States: American Art in The 90'sForum For Contemporary Art, St. LouisGroup
1994Portraits from CREMASTER 4Regen Projects, Los AngelesSolo
1994Hors LimitesCentre Georges Pompidou, ParisGroup
1994Of the Human Condition: Hope and Despair at the End of the CenturySpiral Gallery, TokyoGroup
1994Acting Out: The Body in Video, Then and NowRoyal College of Art, LondonGroup
1994Sammlung VolkmannBerlinGroup
1994The OssuaryLuhring Augustine, New YorkGroup
1994Drawing on SculptureCohen Gallery, New YorkGroup
1993Exhibition to Benefit the Mapplethorpe Laboratory for AIDS ResearchBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New YorkGroup
1993Aperto '9345th Venice Biennale, Venice, ItalyGroup
1993Biennial ExhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkGroup
1993Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't PursueFairfield University, Fairfield, ConnecticutGroup
1993Action-Performance and the PhotographTurner-Krull, Los AngelesGroup
1993Works on PaperPaula Cooper, New YorkGroup
1992Documenta 9Kassel, GermanyGroup
1992Perils et ColerescapC musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
1992Post HumanFAE Musee d'Art Contemporain, PullyGroup
1992Matthew Barney, Sam Reveles, and Nancy RubinsGladstone Gallery, New YorkGroup
1992SpielholleU-Bahn Station, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
1991Matthew Barney: 00Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New YorkSolo
1991Matthew BarneyStuart Regen Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1991Matthew Barney: New WorkSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San FranciscoSolo
1991UnknownBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New YorkGroup
1991UnknownRegen Projects, Los AngelesGroup
1991ACT-UP Benefit Art SalePaula Cooper Gallery, New YorkGroup
1990Viral Infection: The Body and its DiscontentsHallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New YorkGroup
1990Group Drawing ExhibitionAlthea Viafora, New York Group
1990Gallery ArtistsAlthea Viafora, New YorkGroup
1990Video LibraryAndrea Rosen, New YorkGroup
1989Field DressingPayne Whitney Athletic Complex, Yale University, New Haven, ConnecticutSolo
1988Scab ActionNew York City Rainforest Alliance, Open Center, New YorkSolo