Subliming Vessel is the first museum exhibition devoted to Matthew Barney's works on paper. Featuring nearly one hundred drawings spanning the artist's career to date, the exhibition will include Barney's earliest drawings made in the late 1980s, drawings created in conjunction with the CREMASTER film cycle (1994–2002), and those related to his current project RIVER OF FUNDAMENT.
Also on view will be a selection of Barney's for his films and videos—composed of sketches, photographs, clippings, and books—used to map out the narrative structure of his projects. For the exhibition, the artist has selected items from the Morgan's collections to display as part of his storyboards, underscoring the importance literature and mythology play in the elaboration of his stories.
Subliming Vessel will also mark the creation of a new DRAWING RESTRAINT performance, the twentieth in this ongoing series that examines the relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity. The drawings created during the performance will be on view in the Morgan's Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery.