Photos by G. Art by Matthew Barney.
The hottest place to be in New York City on September 17, 2011 was the opening for Matthew Barney’s latest exhibit “DJED” at Gladstone Gallery in New York. Featuring 3 large scale sculptures, “DJED” is Matthew Barney’s first major works produced from industrial metals such as iron, bronze, copper and lead. “DJED” is the first New York exhibition of his “Ancient Evenings” project which has been in progress since 2007. It is inspired by Norman Mailer’s 1993 novel “Ancient Evenings,” and also titled as such. It’s a multi-part project structured as a site specific opera in collaboration with Jonathan Bepler and deals with the soul’s progression through death and rebirth using an automobile as an allegory of the rise and fall of the American landscape.