by Jerry Saltz
Matthew Barney backlash is in full force -- at least in the art world where mood swings and short attention spans are the rule. In the wider world, there have been glowing reviews of Drawing Restraint 9
, Barney’s latest megamillion-dollar two-and-a-half-hour film set on a Japanese whaling ship and starring Barney and his love interest Björk, who at the film’s cannibalistic climax turn one other into sashimi. Art-world word of mouth has not been kind: Descriptions have included "God awful," "tedious," "self-indulgent," "misguided," and "incomprehensible."