Teken onder weerstand: Over de tekenpraktijk van Matthew Barney en Michelangelo | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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Just as Michelangelo Buonarroti (1476 – 1564) worked as a sculptor, painter, architect and poet, Matthew Barney (1967) switches smoothly between various contemporary art forms.

The oeuvre of this US artist includes performance, photography, drawing, design and film. Not coincidentally an art critic, writing in 1989, dubbed him “The Michelangelo of genital art” and this was not just because of the many athletic nudes that people his oeuvre. The parallels between Barney (1967) and Michelangelo (1476–1564) are greater than one might think.

In the article Senne Schrayen makes a comparison between Barney’s current series of performances (started in 1987) called Drawing Restraint and Michelangelo’s drawings of 1532 from a transhistorical perspective and giving close attention to the process of making the drawing.


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