Archives 2nd half of 2013
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The New Museum will present Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, an expansive presentation of Chris Burden's work that is the artist's first New York survey and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-
Exhibition 2 October 2013 -
Occupying all five floors of the Museum, Extreme Measures offers an extraordinary opportunity to examine the ways in which Burden has continuously investigated the breaking point of materials, institutions, and even himself. The exhibition also features an ambitious installation of two iconic works on the exterior of the Museum, which alter the visual landscape of Lower Manhattan. Twin Quasi Legal Skyscrapers (2013), measuring thirty-
The two structures speak of the constantly evolving nature of the urban landscape while also evoking the lost Twin Towers. Ghost Ship (2005), a thirty-
Chris Burden, Dos Equis, 1972. Laguna Beach, California: October 16, 1972. Photo: Barbara Burden.
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. His early works of the 1970s remain some of the most extreme and influential performances of the era. These iconic works continue to inspire artists through Burden's radical approach, not only to the body but also to issues of power, control, desire, and repression, and their connections to larger social and political concerns. In the late 1970s, he began a series of ambitious sculptures of increasing size and complexity that chart dense political and historical relationships, and register the depth of our mechanical and technological imagination.
At the New Museum, the exhibition will feature a selection of Burden's work focused on marvels of engineering, such as buildings, vehicles, war machines, and bridges, consistently engaging with the representation of masculinity and the destructive potential latent in engineering pursuits. The Big Wheel (1979), a pivotal early work marking the artist's transition from performance to sculpture, presents a six-
Chris Burden, Three Arch Dry Stack Bridge, ¼ Scale, 2013, blocs de béton coulé à la main, à base de bois, 115,5 x 840,7 x 53,3 cm. Courtesy de l’artiste
The exhibition is organized by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director; with Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions; Jenny Moore, Associate Curator (until July 2013), and Margot Norton, Assistant Curator.