Dallas Videofest 29: Burden


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For more than 45 years, Chris Burden's work has challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned him a place in art history books while he was still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with expectations and misconceptions based on his early works, and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred.
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