Matthew Barney (Hardcover)

OTTO Trilogy

By Matthew Barney, Nancy Spector (Introduction by), Maggie Nelson (Contributions by)

Gladstone Gallery, 9780300223699, 200pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/1/2003)
Other (8/15/2006)
Paperback (3/1/2006)

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A generously illustrated look at the intricate narrative threads of three of the artist’s earliest works, and their continued resonance today

Celebrated for works blending performance, video, and sculpture, Matthew Barney has created complex narratives that emerge across series since his earliest exhibitions. Matthew Barney: OTTO Trilogy is the first book to trace the progression of three significant early projects—Facility of INCLINE, Facility of DECLINE, and OTTOshaft— and to reveal the narrative system that links them. Titled after former football player Jim Otto, the series explores the training, discipline, and physical limits of the body alongside questions of sexual difference and desire. Featuring an illuminating introduction by Nancy Spector; an essay by Maggie Nelson on the works’ exploration of psychology, bodies, image-making, narrative, and abstraction; and a new text by the artist, this generously illustrated volume includes previously unpublished artist’s sketches, behind-the-scenes photographs, research material, and video stills. It is the definitive publication on this important series, and offers a key to understanding many of the themes that thread throughout Barney’s oeuvre.

About the Author

Matthew Barney is an artist based in New York. Nancy Spector is deputy director and chief curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Maggie Nelson is an essayist, poet, and cultural critic. 

Praise For Matthew Barney: OTTO Trilogy

“At its core, Redoubt is a feature-length film set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness. Yet, the exhibition includes more than forty objects . . .  Equally important, Redoubt includes a catalogue . . . It is something of a Rosetta stone for the work . . . [and] a work of art itself . . . an integral object in the Redoubt ensemble.”—Clayton Press, Forbes

Gladstone Gallery, New York

— Gladstone Gallery, New York