New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman has called Matthew Barney the most important American artist of his generation." Most known for his epic film series Creamaster Cycle (1994-2002) and Drawing Restraint (2005), a feature film made with his partner, Bjork, Barney's technically and conceptually fastidious work conflates various personal and universal mythologies into narratives that are famously difficult to unravel. This volume compiles work from Barney's solo exhibitions at Turin's Fondazione Merz and National Museum of Cinema, as well as coverage of the International Festival of Philosophy of Contemporary Art, a collaboration between the Fondazione Merz and the University of Turin for which Barney was featured in conversation with Richard Flood and Arthur C. Danto."
Matthew Barney (b. 1967) has exhibited all over the world, with solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, among others. His work has been included in international group shows, including the Whitney Biennial and the Carnegie International. Barney was awarded the Europa 2000 prize at the 1993 Venice Biennale and was the first recipient of the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss Prize in 1996. Arthur C. Danto is the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosphy at Columbia University in New York and the art critic for The Nation. He is widely published in the fields of both art criticism and philosophy.