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Chelsea Gallery Wallspace Closing

July 31st, 2015

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Paul Allen Launches Seattle Art Fair

July 30th, 2015

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Ai Weiwei’s Travel to Britain Limited by Embassy Restrictions

July 30th, 2015

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Art in America and Art News Merging

July 30th, 2015

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Met Posts Highest Annual Attendance on Record

July 30th, 2015

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Artists in Oakland Protest Lawsuit Over Public

July 30th, 2015

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Katherine Bernhardt Installs Mural at Venus Over LA

July 30th, 2015

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NYC pledges $10 Million to Spaceworks

July 30th, 2015

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Full Strike Called for London’s National Gallery Staff this August

July 30th, 2015

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Icelandic Art Center Sues to Reopen Venice Mosque Installation

July 28th, 2015

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Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet Profiled in FT

July 27th, 2015

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Tate Modern Announces 2016 Exhibitions for Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Rauschenberg

July 27th, 2015

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Fate of SC State University Museum Collection Caught in Middle of Financial Dispute

July 27th, 2015

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Matthew Eck to Launch New Art Fair in Miami Beach this December

July 27th, 2015

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Miami Building Project Featuring Works by James Turrell and Richard Serra Delayed Indefinitely

July 26th, 2015

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R.I.P. Ingrid Sichy, International Editor of Condé Nast and Writer, 63

July 26th, 2015

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More Engravings Disappear from French National Library

July 24th, 2015

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Rikrit Tiravanija Opens First Commercial Kitchen

July 24th, 2015

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Ground Zero Arts Center Sees Funding Cut

July 24th, 2015

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More Dealers Allowing Collectors to Try Art Out Before Buying

July 23rd, 2015

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Documenta Curator Adam Szymczyk Interviewed on State of Greek Crisis and Its Ties to Event

July 23rd, 2015

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Paris Art Dealer Opens Sculpture Park in Côte d’Azur

July 23rd, 2015

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Michael Heizer’s “City” in Basin and Range Sits at Center of Debate Over Public Lands

July 23rd, 2015

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Japanese Curator Launches Inaccessible Exhibition on Grounds of Fukushima Power Plant

July 22nd, 2015

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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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