Chris Burden
1946–2015

Introduction

Christopher Lee Burden (April 11, 1946 – May 10, 2015) was an American artist working in performance art, sculpture and installation art. Burden became known in the 1970s for his performance art works, including Shoot (1971), where he arranged for a friend to shoot him in the arm with a small-caliber rifle. A prolific artist, Burden created many well-known installations, public artworks and sculptures before his death in 2015.

Wikidata identifier

Q720832

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Introduction

Burden studied at Pomona College, Claremont, California, receiving a BA . He received an MFA in 1971 from the University of California, Irvine. Early in his career he rejected object-based works to create performances based on his own body in extreme or dangerous situations, including being shot in the arm, and crucified on a Volkswagen. In his later works, he returned to physical sculpture and installation, often critical of power structures, but at times playful and popular with broader audiences, such as his 'Urban Light' and 'Metropolis II' installations at LACMA in Los Angeles.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, cinematographer, conceptual artist, installation artist, painter, performance artist, sculptor, video artist

ULAN identifier

500118760

Names

Chris Burden, Christopher Burden

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