Chris Burden

1946 · United States

Artist biography

Chris Burden is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the United States. Chris Burden was born in 1946. Born in the same country and around the same year are Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Chris Burden's work, including galleries in countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain. Galleries exhibiting Chris Burden's work include Massimo De Carlo | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Gagosian | Rome and Massimo De Carlo | Lombardia in Italy. Chris Burden most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gagosian | Britannia Street in London (29 September 2018 until 26 January 2019) with the exhibition Measured. Chris Burden's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Invitation – FRAC at Centre Pompidou (20 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) at Air de Paris in France and Gold Standard / Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition (11 January 2019 - 23 February 2019) at Ever Gold [Projects] | Minnesota Street Project in the United States.

Chris Burden in private collections

It is the collector Jens-Peter Brask, who is in possession of work by Chris Burden at Artland. Jens-Peter Brask also has works by other artists including Qafar Rzayev, Paul Cupido, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural importance of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art hub globally. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variations, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Chris Burden

Chris Burden was born in 1946 was as deeply indebted to the events of the 1960s as their formative influences. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s symbolize an extremely influential era which engendered a significant number of disruptions and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, predicaments such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary values and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. Exploring further into some of the concepts inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – strongly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, devoid of any emotional features. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists fundamentally seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often linked to the human condition. worldwide, a significant number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Chris Burden

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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