Matthew barney: narcissus on the astroturf

The Cremaster cycle starts in Koln instead of New York

When you meet him, you could mistake him for a handyman or stagehand doing finishing touches. In reality, Matthew Barney, who lives in New York, is one of the gross narcissistic total artists: an egomaniacal machinist of illusions, heavy worker of lust, transformer of desire. Somewhere between the calculated plastic kitsch of a Koons and the earthiness of a Beuys, between the hallucinatory of a Dali, the megalomania of a Wagner and the classification mania of a Greenaway. He knows how to subjugate film, video, music, literature and sport in the service of the fine arts in a formal language. He uses names like Ursula Andress, Norman Mailer, Richard Serra for his goals and has the Paraolympics fighter Aimee Mullins parade on transparent polyethylene legs in the Guggenheim spiral as an undercooled predatory cat. The result, the Cremaster Cycle, a bewilderingly labyrinthine work, a mythical score in moving and still images, fetishes, and sculptures, is on view from June 6 to June 1. June to 1. September 2002 at the Museum Ludwig in Koln.

At the opening ceremony, Warlock Barney walks, quite exhausted and almost silently, on his territory specially laid out with Astroturf, the surface of American stadiums. The exhibition rooms of the Museum Ludwig have been transformed into a shrill and garish stage production in which every object and every visitor is given its allegorical place: at the skyscraper bar made of cowed Vaseline, under the flags, in front of the designs, the stately portraits, and the trophies and broken pieces stored in showcases and cabinets, all of which seem to be made of a synthetic plastic casting and yet seem like a fake ancestral gallery.

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Fubball rules the republic of greece

Fubball rules the republic of greece

Oligarch Ivan Savvidis to control two clubs. Image: W. Aswetsopoulos

PAOK Thessaloniki and Xanthi, both owned by Russian-Greek oligarch Ivan Savvidis, have been sentenced to forced relegation, and politicians are in a panic

The news hit on Monday evening, as Greek media headlined, "like a bombshell", the reigning champion of Greek professional football PAOK Thessaloniki was sentenced to forced relegation by the Commission for Professional Sports.

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