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The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. The Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, annual Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. 

Note from the Editor

Press sheet from Matthew Barney: Redoubt

One of the Gallery’s most ambitious publications to date, Matthew Barney: Redoubt was recently on press at Meridian Printing, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and will be available for purchase online and in the Bookstore on March 1. Barney’s latest project consists of a feature-length film that traces the story of a wolf hunt set in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain range, a series of engravings and electroplated copper reliefs, and a group of large-scale sculptures cast from the trunks of burned trees harvested from a fire-ravaged forest. The related publication, conceived and designed in close collaboration with the artist, includes over 400 images and 6 diverse essays—from a native Idahoan and celebrated author’s unique look at the film’s mountainous landscape to a detailed examination of the experimental technique Barney developed for the electroplates, and from a theory-based consideration of dance in the film to an ecologist’s firsthand experience tracking wolves. The epilogue, seen here, features found imagery that inspired the project and, in a rare glimpse into Barney’s art-making practice, photographs of the trees being cast into large-scale sculptures at a foundry. As documentation of the artist’s vision and collaborative process, Matthew Barney: Redoubt is a work of art in its own right. Celebrate Barney’s new work with the opening of the exhibition on March 1 and the world premiere of the film on March 2, at 1:30 or 6:00 pm.

To learn more about the making of the catalogue, join us on May 23 at 6:30 pm for a conversation and book signing with the artist at the Morgan Library and Museum, in New York.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

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