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Intelligencer: July 18-25

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Slow Houseboat to Reykjavik
Björk wants to set sail!
There might’ve been more to Björk’s famous swan dress than just an oddball publicity stunt. She apparently wants to live a sort of swanlike life herself, paddling around on the water with her boyfriend, artist Matthew Barney (whose self-transformative fantasies tend more toward being a goat-man). Björk recently told the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung that the couple, a fixture on New York’s downtown art scene, plan to abandon their meatpacking-district loft for the houseboat life. “Then we could go all over the place in our boat to work,” chimed the pixie chanteuse. Barney’s gallery said that Barney “would prefer not to comment.” But his most recent work, Drawing Restraint, features the couple aboard a Japanese whaling ship that dodges icebergs on its way to Antarctica.
—Alex Mar


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