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Chris Burden, Big Wrench, 1980 (still) © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Screening and Visit

Chris Burden
Big Wrench

Friday, January 18, 2019, 6–8pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Join Gagosian Quarterly and MUBI for a screening of Chris Burden’s Big Wrench (1980) at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London. The event also provides a special opportunity to see the exhibition Chris Burden: Measured after hours before it closes on January 26, 2019. The short film will be shown at 6:10pm, 6:30pm, 6:50pm, 7:10pm, and 7:30pm. To attend the free event, RSVP to rsvplondon@gagosian.com

Chris Burden, Big Wrench, 1980 (still) © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Announcements

Chris Burden: Street Lamps (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

500th Book

Chris Burden
Streetlamps

Chris Burden: Streetlamps explores the artist’s iconic work with antique streetlamps. Five major streetlamp sculptures are highlighted, all of which are lavishly documented from conception through installation. The works are further illuminated with texts by Russell Ferguson, Christopher Bedford, and George Roberts; a conversation between Michael Govan and Chris Burden; and a photo essay by Ari Marcopoulos. This is the 500th book the gallery has published. It is an exciting and fitting publication to mark this achievement as Burden was among the first artists to work with Larry Gagosian, starting in 1976. Order the book at the Gagosian Shop.

Chris Burden: Street Lamps (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

Chris Burden

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Chris Burden
Extreme Measures

Rozalia Jovanovic interviews Chris Burden for Blouin Artinfo as the pair walk through Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, an exhibition presented by the New Museum, New York, in 2013–14.

Chris Burden

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Chris Burden
The TV Commercials

Chris Burden discusses his landmark series of late-night television commercials produced during the 1970s on the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’s MoCAtv in 2013. Burden’s shocking and occasionally humorous interruptions to regular TV programming reveal how fame and stature can be bought and manipulated in popular media.

Chris Burden

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Chris Burden
Metropolis II

Gagosian visits Chris Burden’s studio in Topanga, California, to take a look at his nearly complete kinetic sculpture Metropolis II (2011) before it is installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Unconcerned with scale, Burden instead strives to re-create the frenetic energy of a city as tiny toy cars zoom along straight skyways and around sharp turns.

Chris Burden and Michael Govan on Urban Light

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Chris Burden and Michael Govan on Urban Light

Chris Burden sits down with Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan on the occasion of the installation of Urban Light (2008) at the museum’s Wilshire Boulevard entrance. Stylistic differences in the refurbished 1920s and ’30s streetlamps that form the installation once served to identify neighborhoods around Los Angeles and now stand together in this piece that has become emblematic of both the museum and the city at large.

Museum Exhibitions

Chris Burden, 1/4 Carat Diamond 1/4 Carat Cubic Zirconium Magnified 25 Times, #3, 2007 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Just Opened

Crystals in Art
Ancient to Today

Through January 6, 2020
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
crystalbridges.org

Crystals in Art explores the connections between crystals and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. The exhibition includes a selection of works and specimens from ancient Egypt up to the present day and addresses broader recurring themes in the history of crystals such as science and religion, art and medicine, aesthetic beauty and transformation, and more. Work by Chris Burden, Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol is included.

Chris Burden, 1/4 Carat Diamond 1/4 Carat Cubic Zirconium Magnified 25 Times, #3, 2007 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Barbara T. Smith

On View

Chris Burden in
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

Through January 5, 2020
Minneapolis Institute of Art
new.artsmia.org

Artists Respond brings together nearly one hundred works by fifty-eight of the most visionary and provocative artists and collectives of the Vietnam War era. Galvanized by the moral urgency of the conflict, these artists reimagined the goals and uses of art across multiple movements and media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance and body art, installation, documentary art, and conceptual art. This exhibition has traveled from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Work by Chris Burden is included.

Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Barbara T. Smith

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

On View

The Foundation of the Museum
MOCA’s Collection

Through January 19, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

To mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the institution’s holdings as shaped by a changing landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well by as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

Chris Burden, TV Hijack, 1972 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Gary Beydler

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Chris Burden in
Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

April 7–September 1, 2019
Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California
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This exhibition provides a focused look at small sculpture in OCMA’s permanent collection. Selected for their innovative materials and playfulness in scale and function, the artworks in Closer Look are intended to be viewed at a close distance, providing the viewer with intimate moments in which to make slow and careful observations about content and construction. Work by Chris Burden is included.

Chris Burden, TV Hijack, 1972 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Gary Beydler

Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Barbara T. Smith

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Chris Burden in
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

March 15–August 18, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
americanart.si.edu

Artists Respond brings together nearly one hundred works by fifty-eight of the most visionary and provocative artists and collectives of the Vietnam War era. Galvanized by the moral urgency of the conflict, these artists reimagined the goals and uses of art across multiple movements and media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance and body art, installation, documentary art, and conceptual art. Work by Chris Burden is included.

Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Barbara T. Smith

Chris Burden, Relic for Disappearing, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Brian Forrest

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Chris Burden in
Disappearing—California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein

May 10–August 11, 2019
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
www.themodern.org

In 1971, Chris Burden disappeared for three days without a trace. That work, titled Disappearing, gives its name to this exhibition, which examines the theme of disappearance in the works of Burden and his contemporaries in 1970s Southern California, Bas Jan Ader and Jack Goldstein.

Chris Burden, Relic for Disappearing, 1971 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Brian Forrest

Chris Burden, How to Shrink L.A., 1999 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Dirty Protest
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection

January 24–May 19, 2019
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
hammer.ucla.edu

This exhibition highlights a lively mix of painting, sculpture, and media installations by more than thirty international established and emerging artists, drawn from the Hammer Museum’s collection. Work by Chris Burden and Nathaniel Mary Quinn is included.

Chris Burden, How to Shrink L.A., 1999 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

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Unsettled

October 27, 2018–April 30, 2019
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
www.psmuseum.org

Unsettled, cocurated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. This exhibition originated at the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley

Ed Ruscha, Rancho, 1968 © Ed Ruscha

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Unsettled

April 20–September 9, 2018
Anchorage Museum, Alaska
www.anchoragemuseum.org

Unsettled, co-curated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. This exhibition traveled from the Nevada Museum of Art. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha, Rancho, 1968 © Ed Ruscha

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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We Are Here

August 19, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

In honor of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fiftieth anniversary, the museum presents We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from its collection. I Am You gathers works that question how we relate to and shape our environments; You Are Here examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time; and We Are Everywhere showcases artists who borrow from popular culture. Work by Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.
Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Ed Ruscha, Lost Empires, Living Tribes, 1984, Marciano Collection, Los Angeles

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Unsettled

August 26, 2017–January 21, 2018
Nevada Museum of Art
www.nevadaart.org

Unsettled, co-curated by JoAnne Northrup and Ed Ruscha, amasses two hundred artworks by eighty artists spanning two thousand years to explore the geography of frontiers characterized by vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist. Work by Chris Burden and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha, Lost Empires, Living Tribes, 1984, Marciano Collection, Los Angeles

Chris Burden, Tower of London Bridge, 2003 © 2017 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The Arcades:
Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

March 17–August 6, 2017
Jewish Museum, New York
thejewishmuseum.org

Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project is about Paris’s nineteenth-century vaulted iron-and-glass shopping passages. With their labyrinthine architecture and surrealistic juxtapositions, the arcades offer an ideal prism through which to examine the era’s capitalist metropolis. This exhibition will explore The Arcades Project and its ongoing relevance through works of contemporary art representing the subjects of each of the book’s thirty-six chapters. Work by Chris Burden, Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, and Taryn Simon is included.

Chris Burden, Tower of London Bridge, 2003 © 2017 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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