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Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery Profiled by LA Times

February 8th, 2016

Iwan Wirth and partner Manuela Wirth, via LA TimesThe LA Times takes a tour of the soon to open Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery in the former downtown Los Angeles Pillsbury flour mill complex.  “I would say that the model is in some way the Kunsthalle — the noncollecting art museum,” says partner Paul Schimmel. “But also foundations, who are really at the boundaries of what they do: commissioning works, creating group shows, doing education work.”
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Maya Widmaier Picasso Speaks Out on Disputed Sale of Her Father’s Sculpture

February 8th, 2016

Bust of a Woman, via WSJMaya Widmaier Picasso has spoken out on the dispute over the sale of a bust created by her father, Pablo Picasso, saying she sold the work herself to Larry Gagosian and dismissing other claims to the piece as “baseless.”  The dispute seems to stem from a disagreement between Widmaier Picasso’s daughter and son, who respectively sought to sell the work to Gagosian and the Qatari Royal Family.  Widmaier Picasso says she decided to side with her daughter, who she said  “cannot be faulted for reminding her mother of the sculpture’s true value.”
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Miami Herald Spotlights Challenges at MoCA North Miami

February 8th, 2016

Bill Viola at MoCANoMi, via Miami HeraldThe Miami Herald takes a look at the last several years at The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, which has seen a turbulent past few years, and which is currently trying to chart its path in the city’s changing art scene.  “We’ve been through hell with it and we recognize the important role the museum plays in the community,” says North Miami council member Scott Galvin. “From a reputation standpoint and an economic standpoint, MoCA is what North Miami is known for.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Chris Burden

Chris Burden at his studio in Topaga, CA image via wirednewyork.com

Chris Burden at his studio in Topanga, CA

[image via wirednewyork.com]

Chris Burden (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946) is an American artist. He studied for his B.A. in visual arts, physics and architecture at Pomona College and received his MFA at the University of California, Irvine from 1969 to 1971. Burden’s reputation as a performance artist started to grow in the early 1970s after he made a series of controversial performances in which the idea of personal danger as artistic expression was central. His most well-known act from that time is perhaps the performance piece Shoot that was made in F Space in Santa Ana, California in 1971, in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant from a distance of about five meters.

Medusa's Head, 1990. Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks- image via nialldebuitlear.com

Medusa’s Head, 1990.

Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks

[image via nialldebuitlear.com]

Video of Burden’s Shoot and other performance art

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974 image via jalopnik.com

Chris Burden, Shoot image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Chris Burden, Shoo- 1971

[image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

Burden was taken to a psychiatrist after this piece. Many interpretations have been made regarding this piece. Many saw it as a statement about both the war in Vietnam and the American right to bear arms. Other performances from the 1970s were Five Day Locker Piece (1971), Deadman (1972), B.C. Mexico (1973), Fire Roll (1973), TV Hijack (1972), Doomed (1975) and Honest Labor (1979).

[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008- electro-polished stainless steel

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008-

electro-polished stainless steel.  [image via www.artdaily.com]

More info about the artist coming soon.

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