American visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney is best known for his epic Cremaster Cycle, a project consisting of five feature length films and related sculptures, photographs, drawings, and artist's books. The Cremaster Cycle was made over a period of eight years (1994-2002) and culminated in a major museum exhibition organized by Nancy Spector of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which traveled to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Musée d'art Moderne in Paris from 2002-03. Barney's longtime collaborator Jonathan Bepler composed and arranged the soundtracks for the films.
Matthew Barney was born March 25, 1967, in San Francisco, California. He lived in Boise, Idaho from 1973 to 1985, where he attended primary and secondary school. His parents divorced and his mother moved to New York City, where he would frequently visit, and where he was introduced to the art scene. In 1989, he graduated from Yale University. His earliest works, created at Yale, were staged at the university’s athletic complex. Barney is married to singer Björk, with whom he had a daughter in 2002.