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All-day screening of The Cremaster Cycle at the Portland Museum of Art

We covered it in detail last week, but don't forget the all-day screening of Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle today at Movies at the Museum...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010

Cinematic excess

Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 12, 2010

Stuff and nonsense

Despite millions in production design, Peter Strietman's splendid photography, and some witty if trance-inducing music by Jonathan Bepler, the six and a half hours of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle is sheer movie tedium, inert and unmoving, broken u
Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2010

A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010

Fresh fruit and vegetables

The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
A winter crop of art
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010

Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009


Weather reports

One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

Under the sea

Andrew Mowbray climbs through the hatch at the back of a white diving bell.
Andrew Mowbray at Space Other, ‘Endosymbiont’ at Axiom
By GREG COOK  |  June 27, 2007

Extremely . . .

Björk has made a career out of exploring extremes.
Björk rewards — and punishes
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 21, 2007

Alien alloys

Dir En Grey filled the token “foreign-language weirdos” slot — former home of Rammstein — on last year’s Family Values Tour.
Dir En Grey’s extreme metal
By PHIL FREEMAN  |  January 30, 2007

Matthew Barney: No Restraint

For an artist/filmmaker best known for impenetrable, high-budget, art-gore-sex-sculpture movies, Matthew Barney comes across as a pretty approachable dude in Alison Chernick’s documentary about his Drawing Restraint 9 .
Bjork, jelly, and Japanese
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 24, 2007



Childhood in America comes under the artist’s gaze in Pine Flat , the fifth film by Sharon Lockhart, and it’s examined with precision and attention to detail.
Sharon Lockhart’s ‘Pine Flat’ at Harvard, Frank Gehry and Matthew Barney Films at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 17, 2006


Jim Finn’s pseudo-documentary about a fictitious East German space program injects a Godardian pastiche with Aki Kaurismäki’s deadpan absurdity and a little Matthew Barney pretentiousness.
Deadpan pseudo-documentary turns tragic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 07, 2006

Drawing Restraint 9

Oddball performance artist Matthew Barney’s new vanity project is misguided, derivative, and overstated but often arresting.
Bloated yet intriguing work from Björk's husband
By MATTIAS FREY  |  May 26, 2006