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Chris Burden survey for New Museum

October show will include four new works including a sculpture of a 1974 Porsche transfixed by a 365lb meteorite

Chris Burden, Trans-fixed, 1974, performance on Speedway Avenue, Venice, California, April 23, 1974. Photo: courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery

The artist Chris Burden is to be the subject of a major survey at New York's New Museum in October. The show will include four new works including a sculpture of a 1974 Porsche transfixed by a 365lb meteorite.

Occupying all five floors of the building, “Extreme Measures” is being organised by the museum’s director Lisa Phillips, its associate director and director of exhibitions Massimiliano Gioni—who is at the helm of this summer's Venice Biennale—and curator Jenny Moore. 

Burden is famous for being shot in the arm with a gun as part of his 1971 performance piece Shoot; he does not allow his works to be re-enacted. "[In the 1970s], Burden, with his shockingly simple, unforgettable, 'here and now' performances shook the conventional art world and took this new art form to its extreme," says a spokeswoman for Gagosian Gallery (B59), which represents the artist.

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13 May 13
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Chris Burden is really great artist His work has subsequently shifted, focusing now on monumental sculptures and large scale installations, such as B-Car, 1975, The Big Wheel, 1979, A Tale of Two Cities, 1981, Beam Drop, 1984, Samson, 1985, Medusa’s Head, 1990, L.A.P.D. Uniforms, 1993, Urban Light, 2008 and Metropolis II, 2010. These works often reflect the social environments, make observations about cultural institutions, and examine the boundaries of science and technology. http://www.artquarterly.com/

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