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Paula Cooper’s Contributions to New York Art World Profiled in NYT

October 24th, 2016

paula-cooper-via-nytPaula Cooper is featured in the New York Times this week, as the paper spotlights her impact on the New York art world, and her pioneering approach to running a gallery, including her opening of the first gallery south of Houston during the 1970’s.  “I went because that’s where the artists were,” she says.
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William Eggleston Profiled in NYT

October 24th, 2016

william-eggleston-via-nytWilliam Eggleston is profiled in the New York Times this month, as the artist reflects back on his work and his studious sense of the photographic image.  “I know they’re there, the angles and compositions,” Eggleston says. “Every little minute thing works with every other one there. All of these images are composed. They’re little paintings to me.”
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Steven Cohen’s Collection Profiled in Fortune

October 24th, 2016

steven-and-alex-cohen-via-fortuneSteve Cohen’s art collecting gets a spotlight in Fortune this week, as the Hedge Fund Manager shares his vision and strategies on acquiring works.  “I am purely from the gut,” he says. “And I know right away. If it stays in my brain—let’s say I go see a picture, if I keep thinking about it, I know it’s something I like. If I forget about it, then I know, couldn’t care less.”
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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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More info about the artist coming soon.

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