The first to appear in almost a decade, this comprehensive overview examines the artistic career of Chris Burden; a career that now must be viewed as one of the most fascinating in the history of contemporary art. From his highly controversial and seminal performance works of the early 1970s, to his complex, imaginative installations and monumental sculptures, the work of Burden uniquely informs as well as incorporates the major artistic undercurrents of the last three decades. Not only has the artist made a major contribution to the history of body-related performance art, but his fascination with systems of power, societal organization, architectural structure and technological systems, have resulted in an extraordinary body of sculptural objects and environmental installations over the last 35 years. In compiling this publication, Burden has worked closely with curator and long time associate Fred Hoffman, taking this opportunity to re-examine his work afresh and revealing images that are unpublished or rarely seen.
Essays by Fred Hoffman, Paul Schimmel, Kristine Stiles and Robert Storr.
9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
256 pages / illustrated throughout