75th Birthday Poster
To celebrate what would have been the artist’s seventy-fifth birthday this year, the Chris Burden Estate is sharing a free poster that can be downloaded and printed at home. Designed by Estate director Erica Mercado, the poster features an archival drawing by Burden of his plans for Wexner Castle (1990), currently on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the exhibition Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment. The Estate will continue to commemorate this important moment throughout the year, sharing updates about the artist through their newsletter.
Poster to commemorate Chris Burden’s seventy-fifth birthday
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)
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.
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.
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
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.