Yesterday we told you about the new Matthew Barney exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ in London, and today we can take a closer look at some of the works from the exhibition.  Based on Norman Mailer’s symbolic and erotically charged novel of 1983 reimagining ancient Egyptian mythology and ritual, the operatic performance piece is structured according to the seven stages the soul passes through after death -  its a much subtler work than we have come to expect from one of the true superstars of contemporary art, but no less compelling.

The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until 6th March.

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -1

SEKHU: Here, at the Center of Pain is Radiance

2010
graphite, silver leaf and petroleum jelly on paper in polyethylene frame
30.8 x 25.7 cm / 12 ⅛ x 10 ⅛ in, framed

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -2

KHU: River Rouge

2009
graphite and lapis lazuli on paper in polyethylene frame
41.6 x 32.7 cm  / 16 ⅜ x 12 ⅞  in, framed

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -6

KA: Galena Summit

2009
graphite and ink on paper in polyethylene frame

41.9 x 33 cm / 16 ½ x 13 in , framed

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -3

KHU: Osiris JLB

2009
graphite on paper in polyethylene frame
36.2 x 29.5 cm / 14 ¼ x 11 ⅝ in, framed

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -4

KHU: Five Points Make a Man

2009
graphite on paper in polyethylene frame
24.1 x 30.2 cm / 9 ½ x 11 ⅞ in, framed

Matthew Barney at Sadie Coles -5

KHU: Detroit Salt

2009
graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paper in
polyethylene frame
30.2 x 24.1 cm / 11 ⅞ x 9 ½ in, framed

Images copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.