Just released (May 5) in limited New York theaters is BURDEN, a feature-length documentary on Chris Burden. The film, by Timothy Marrinan & Richard Dewey, provides an overview of the artist’s fascinating and controversial life through archival and original footage. It follows his career from architect, to sculptor, to legendary performance artist, and beyond. Famous and familiar faces appear throughout the film, including Ed Ruscha, Larry Gagosian, Larry Bell, and even food critic Jonathan Gold. This documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in art history and […]
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Just closing over the weekend at the SFAQ [Project] Space, the gallery space of the magazine, was a show entitled Highlights From Past SFAQ [Projects] 2012–2015. The title of the exhibition speaks for itself – artists who have collaborated with the publication before on pullouts or inserts have these projects on display along with an artwork that corresponds to it. These eleven artists are Alexandre Arrechea Arrechea, Chris Burden, Amy Franceschini, Paul Kos, Tom Marioni, Sean McFarland, Mark Mulroney, Barry McGee (seen above), Guy Overfelt, Rafael Rozendaal […]
More stories from the week that ended May 17 (click on bolded words for more information): RIP: Chris Burden, who died at the age of 69 from malignant melanoma. LA Weekly has remembrances of the artist and teacher. The role of architecture in the artist’s work. LACMA to show Chris Burden’s last finished work Ode to Santos Dumont next week. Venetian city officials and police authorities threatening to shut down Christoph Büchel’s mosque installation. Greece rules out Amal Clooney’s advice of taking Britain to court for the return of […]
The art world was saddened today to hear that Chris Burden had passed away at home earlier this morning after an 18 month fight with melanoma. He was 69. Although probably best known for his iconic Urban Light installation (seen above) at the LACMA, the American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art was at his most provocative early in his career with a series of performances where personal danger was the theme including shooting himself in the arm, being kicked down two flights of stairs, starving […]
Paddle8 has just launched their newest editorial project, which involves originally produced video. Their first Paddle8TV episode features Chris Burden, one of LA’s most well-known and respected artists. Watch as he discusses his landmark projects Urban Lights (which is one of the most popular art installations at LACMA and in the city) and Metropolis II (currently on view at LACMA as well). Among other topics, he discusses why he chose Topanga Canyon and his transition from performance artist to object-based/installation artist. Discuss Chris Burden here.
Last week, Chris Burden’s epic kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, was revealed to the public at the LACMA. The complex and frenetic creation from the LA-based artist took four years to complete and is a model of a miniature city with an emphasis on an intricate transportation system. Included are 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, train tracks, miniature cars, a network of buildings, which support the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulating every hour. More photos by Taiyo Watanabe / The Superslice after the […]
After having produced stand-out shows featuring such artists as Andy Warhol, Os Gemeos, and Nobuyoshi Araki, Prism continues the hot streak with Misericordia. The show will explore the theme of religious mercy and the way that is has been interpreted throughout the years and across different artistic mediums. It will feature works from the 15th century to today and include paintings, installations, sculptures, and photographs by such well-known artists as Joseph Beuys, Bill Viola, Sterling Ruby, Terence Koh, Chris Burden, Lucio Fontana, and Marina Abramovic. […]