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Antony Gormley Sculptures Vandalized in Sefton

June 24th, 2017

Antony Gormley, via The GuardianA series of Antony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach outside Liverpool have been vandalized with brightly colored graffiti, The Guardian reports. “We want everyone to enjoy and interact with the impressive Antony Gormley statues on Crosby beach, which are synonymous with Sefton,” a spokesman says. “However, following this incident, we have been contacted directly by Mr Gormley with a view of removing these permanent decorations which we will now look into.”
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Documenta 14 Organizers Opening Second Satellite Show in Angola

June 24th, 2017

Ibrahim Mahama, Check Point Sekondi Loco, via Art NewsThe organizers of this year’s Documenta 14 are expanding the exhibition to a satellite exhibition in Luanda, Angola, where they will show a series of works by artists of African descent. “The last decade or so has seen the increased prominence of artists from Africa exhibiting across the contemporary artistic platform in the West,” says Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo, who is helping to fund the project. “I am delighted to help in initiating this opportunity of showing the African artists being exhibited in Documenta 14 for the first time on the continent.”
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Nicholas Serota’s Impact on Tate Profiled in The Guardian

June 23rd, 2017

Nicholas Serota, via The GuardianThe Guardian charts Nicholas Serota’s impact on the Tate during his tenure as its leader, and the challenges the institution faces in the years ahead as it seeks to continue the momentum he created.  “Beginning to get the momentum going, to turn the battleship – that was the most difficult thing,” he says of his efforts.
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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]

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