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Frieze Los Angeles 2022
Chris Burden

February 18–20, 2022, booth D12
Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
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Gagosian is pleased to announce its participation in Frieze Los Angeles 2022 with a presentation of Chris Burden’s Dreamer’s Folly (2010). This is the first time that the large-format sculpture has been exhibited in the United States.

The installation consists of three cast-iron gazebos that Burden conjoined to produce a fantastical structure. Painted white and accented with diaphanous lace that features a “tree of life” design, Dreamer’s Folly unites the traditions of interpreting and shaping nature in British decorative arts and landscape architecture. It is one of several sculptures that Burden titled with the word Folly, referring to the ornamental structures designed as focal points within gardens. The work explores the evocative power of its ornate forms, establishing an otherworldly space for reverie.

Dreamer’s Folly furthered a creative inquiry into the cultural meanings of the built environment that was critical to Burden’s artistic project. In its use of cast-iron elements to establish an immersive social space, the work is related to Urban Light (2008), his permanent installation of 202 antique streetlights that is a landmark work in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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