Chris Burden Extreme Measures

Chris Burden Extreme Measures

This expansive presentation of Chris Burden’s work marks the first New York survey of the artist and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-five years. Occupying the entire Museum and featuring a dynamic installation on the Museum’s façade, the exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to examine the many ways in which Burden has continuously pushed limits by investigating the breaking point of materials, institutions, and even himself.

Burden’s epoch-defining work has made him one of the most important American artists to emerge since 1970. Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, “Extreme Measures” presents a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question.

Over the past four decades, Burden has created a unique and powerful body of work that has redefined the way we understand both performance and sculpture. Startling at the time, his early works remain some of the most extreme and influential performances of the era, inspiring younger artists through his radical approach not only to the body but also to issues within a larger sociopolitical context. In the 1980s, he began a series of ambitious sculptures of increasing size and complexity using materials common to childhood playtime activities (such as erector sets, toy soldiers, model train sets, toy vehicles, and construction models) to create miniaturized yet still monumental reconstructions of structures and environments. These works diagram dense political and historical relationships, and register the depth of our mechanical and technological imagination.

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Chris Burden Extreme Measures
Event Category: Art Galleries
When: October 2, 2013 ~ January 12, 2014
Where: New Museum of Contemporary Art
More Info: http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/chris-burden-extreme-measures


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