Matthew Barney has been called "the most important American artist of his generation," by The New York Times Magazine. His best-known body of work is The Cremaster Cycle, a series of five visually elaborate films that have become a tour de force on the international art scene.
The films are named after the muscle that lifts and lowers the testicles. In Barney's work, the term refers to the idea of gender undifferentiation, which characterizes a fetus's first seven weeks in the uterus before the sexual organs ascend to form a female or descend to form a male body.
Although each film is distinct, all explore Barney obsessions: sexually ambiguous genitalia, plus biology, mythology, athletics and aesthetics.
Eschewing convention, Barney created the five films out of sequence.
Original Languages: English
Running Time: 398 min.