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Sheila Hicks Profiled in New Yorker

March 20th, 2018

Sheila Hicks, via New YorkerArtist Sheila Hicks gets a profile in the New Yorker this week, as she reflects on her work and gives a tour of her studio. “You see the junk all over my studio?” she says of her cluttered studio and the practice that emerges from it. “It’s like drawing or sculpting with the scissors.”
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Former Art Basel Exec Magnus Renfrew to Launch Taipei Art Fair

March 20th, 2018

Dennis Chen, country head and head of wealth management, UBS Taiwan, and Magnus Renfrew, cofounder and director of Taipei Dangdai, via Art NewsFormer Art Basel fair head Magnus Renfrew is launching a new art fair, Taipei Dangdai, set to coincide with next year’s Taipei Biennial. “With Hong Kong, I was proud to be involved in organizing a fair that asserts itself as a global fair for the region and will remain so,” Renfrew says. “There is a big gap between Art Basel Hong Kong and other fairs in the region, in terms of quality and how they are progressing. It’s necessary to have other fairs that have real quality and don’t necessarily aspire to be the global fair for the region.” 
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Anthea Hamilton Interviewed in the Guardian

March 20th, 2018

Anthea Hamilton, via GuardianArtist Anthea Hamilton is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as the artist prepares a work for the Tate Britain’s Duveen Commission. “Well, I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about the work yet, I’d have to check,” she says drily. “But no, it’s not intimidating. The architecture is obviously very powerful but if you take that as a given, it’s not an issue.”
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Chris Burden

Chris Burden at his studio in Topaga, CA image via

Chris Burden at his studio in Topanga, CA

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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

Medusa’s Head, 1990.

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

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Video of Burden’s Shoot and other performance art

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974

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Chris Burden, Shoo- 1971

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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-

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