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Chris Burden

Documentation of Selected Works 1971-75


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Floor 5

Neil Bluhm Family Galleries

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Chris Burden (1946-2015)


Documentation of Selected Works 1971-75




16mm and Super-8 film, color and black-and-white, sound, 34:38 min. looped, transferred to video


Aspect Ratio: 4:3

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Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Randy Slifka

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The Documentation of Selected Works 1971-75 is a compilation of visual records documenting Chris Burden’s work from the early 1970s. Running thirty-five minutes in length and shot on Super-8, 16mm film, and half-inch video, the footage shows selections from Burden’s notoriously extreme conceptual performances, with the artist narrating the projects, detailing their origins, context, and other relevant details in a deadpan fashion. Excerpts of eleven pieces are included: among them Shoot (1971), in which Burden allowed a friend to shoot him in the arm; Bed Piece (1972), in which Burden stayed in a bed in a gallery for twenty-two days; Icarus (1973), in which he jumped onto sheets of glass; and Back to You (1974), in which he invited someone to stab pins into his body in an elevator while spectators watched on a monitor.

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