Chris Burden: Trans-fixed, 1974
Performance on Speedway Avenue, Venice, California, 23 April 1974
Photo: Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery
Chris Burden: Extreme Measures
NEW YORK • New Museum of Contemporary Art • 2 October 2013 - 12 January 2014
|Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, Extreme Measures presents a selection of American artist Chris Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question. |
In the 1980s, Burden began a series of ambitious sculptures of increasing size and complexity using materials common to childhood playtime activities (such as Erector sets, toy soldiers, model train sets, toy vehicles, and construction models) to create miniaturized yet still monumental reconstructions of structures and environments.
Chris Burden (b. 1946 Boston, MA) attended Pomona College and received his MFA from the University of California in 1971. He had a retrospective exhibition (organized by Paul Schimmel) at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, in 1988 and at MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, in 1996. His work was presented in the 48th Venice Biennale and at the Tate Gallery in 1999.
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