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Chris Burden

May 10–June 10, 2000
Heddon Street, London

Chris Burden, Beam Drop (film still), 1984/2000 16mm film, 6 minutes long, edition of 8

Chris Burden, Beam Drop (film still), 1984/2000

16mm film, 6 minutes long, edition of 8

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Five Day Locker Piece, April 26–30, 1973) Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Five Day Locker Piece, April 26–30, 1973)

Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Doorway to Heaven, November 15, 1973) Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Doorway to Heaven, November 15, 1973)

Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Jaizu, June 10–11, 1972) Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Deluxe Photo Book, 1971–73, 1974 (detail; photograph of Jaizu, June 10–11, 1972)

Gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and typewritten note in loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover, 12 x 12 x 3 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm), edition of 50
© Chris Burden/Licensed by The Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Relic from Jaizu, 1972 Glasses in acrylic box, 7 ⅜ × 10 ¼ × 8 ¼ inches (18.7 × 26 × 21 cm)

Chris Burden, Relic from Jaizu, 1972

Glasses in acrylic box, 7 ⅜ × 10 ¼ × 8 ¼ inches (18.7 × 26 × 21 cm)

About

[In the early 1970s] Burden’s shockingly simple, unforgettable, and strikingly poignant performances took the jaded art world by surprise as an example of what the most extreme art could be. The image of Burden that unfortunately continues to resonate in the public mind is a of a young man who had himself, shot, electrocuted, impaled, cut, drowned, incarcerated, and sequestered. Although the early performance works remain critical to understanding the formal and thematic concerns of Burden’s post-performance sculptural works, too often the myth obscures the facts.
Paul Schimmel

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition by Chris Burden featuring various means of evidence—photographs, relics, and films—made during the artist’s performances and events from the early ’70s through the ’80s.

The exhibition will include the Deluxe Photo Album (1971–73), which consists of photographs and texts documenting legendary performances such as Shoot (1971) and Five Day Locker Piece (1971). Several “Relics” from Burden’s performances will also be displayed. The “Relics” are critical artifacts and physical touchstones from Burden’s performances such as Trans-Fixed (1974) and Dreamy Nights (1979).

Also included in the exhibition are television commercials Burden made during the mid ’70s, which were originally screened during airtime he had purchased on TV stations in New York and Los Angeles. These commercials have recently been made into a small edition on DVD and will be presented on a monitor in the gallery. Another film work, Beam Drop (1984), will be shown in its original 16mm format; it documents the free fall of sixty large steel I-beams into a pit of wet cement to form a massive permanent sculpture.