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Knoedler Gallery Fraud Featured on 60 Minutes

May 23rd, 2016

The former Knoedler Gallery via Art in AmericaThe Knoedler Gallery forgery scandal made it to 60 Minutes this week, exploring the case and its cast of characters through the perspective of historian Jack Flam.  Flam was asked to identify a Motherwell Elegy, and found that the artist’s signature appeared as if it had been copied meticulously from other works, and later discovered evidence of orbital sander use on the canvas, which was often used to age canvases.  
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Simon de Pury on Charlie Rose

May 23rd, 2016

Simon de Pury, via Charlie RoseSimon de Pury is interviewed on Charlie Rose this week, as he releases his memoirs, reflects on the course of his career, and his views on buying work.  “I’ve seen people who are brilliant business people, but when they buy art, they only want to buy bargains,” he says.  “But no great collection was built on bargains.”
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JR Installs Massive Wheatpaste on Louvre Pyramid

May 23rd, 2016

JR at Louvre, via Mid DayThe Louvre has invited artist JR to install one of his signature works on the surface of its iconic glass pyramid, obscuring its surface to mirror the palatial architecture behind it.  The installation is part of the artist’s recently opened retrospective at the museum, Contemporary art – JR at the Louvre.
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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]

More info about the artist coming soon.

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