Matthew Barney

June 23–September 17, 2006

SFMOMA is the only U.S. venue for this full-scale survey, the first to gather together multimedia artist Matthew Barney’s entire DRAWING RESTRAINT series. Spanning almost 20 years, DRAWING RESTRAINT is an ongoing performance-based project exploring the notion that form emerges through struggle against resistance. The idea grew out of Barney’s early experience as an athlete and represents many principles fundamental to his art. A site-specific installation designed by the artist, the exhibition occupies the Museum’s entire fourth floor. The presentation includes DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, a recent project comprising a feature-length film and related photography, drawing, video, and sculpture. The film is is shown daily in the Phyllis Wattis Theater. Also in the exhibition is DRAWING RESTRAINT 14, a new work Barney created at SFMOMA.

This exhibition is conceived by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; co-organized by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; and presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The San Francisco presentation is generously supported by Collectors Forum, an SFMOMA auxiliary; Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund; Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Barry and Lizanne Rosenstein; Dolby Laboratories, Inc., and Asian Cultural Council.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Hotel sponsor: W Hotel San Francisco

Matthew Barney, DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, 2005; courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York; photo: Chris Winget; © 2006 Matthew Barney