Review Round Up: Matthew Barney: Redoubt, Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery welcomes back visitors with the first UK exhibition of the artist’s work in over a decade. Here’s what critics have had to say about it….

a still from Matthew Barney, Redoubt, 2018. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning/Matthew Barney, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Sadie Coles HQ, London.

The Guardian: **** “Matthew Barney’s Redoubt at the Hayward is a bewildering and intriguing litany of objects and fleeting, capricious images.”

Evening Standard: **** “Barney transports us into the heart of the transformative process of creating art.”

The Independent: “Anyone familiar with the provocative artist’s elaborate cultural cross-referencing won’t be surprised to learn that Redoubt is a reworking of the classical myth of Diana and Actaeon.”

The Times: **** “Yet these are not ordinary circumstances because this film, Redoubt, has been made by Matthew Barney. And Barney is the artist who, over the course of eight years from 1994 to 2002, created The Cremaster Cycle, a series of five fantastical feature-length movies so unfathomably strange and spectacularly inventive that even when I watched all of them in two days I barely so much as wriggled in my cinema seat.”

The Observer: “Matthew Barney’s first British show in more than 10 years is all picturesque nature, a 21st-century version of the American sublime. Everything centres on the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, where the artist was raised. Gilded tree trunks soar up through darkened galleries, radiant etchings cast an eerie glow on the ground, and a feature-length movie unleashes spectacular visions of snowbound peaks, torrential rivers, star-shine, dawn, dusk and wolves. This is a meditation on the wilderness, with Barney as a multimedia Thoreau.”

Matthew Barney: Redoubt is on display at the Hayward Gallery until the 25th July.

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