Thursday, November 14, 2013


If you like boys and "boy art" as much as I do, you'll love "Lord of the Flies" master-masculator Chris Burden.  You might know Burden from his transgressive "bad-boy" performances of the 1970s, including "Shoot, 1971", a piece in which he encouraged an assistant to shoot him in the arm, but his impressive body of work didn't stop there. . . He continues to explore other great "boy-friendly" past-times like tinker-toy engineering, mock alien battlefield design and play-fort construction. 

If you're in NYC, I highly recommend a visit to his retrospective "Extreme Measures" on view at the New Museum until January 12th, 2014.

If you're feeling extra generous, I would happily show you my own boy parts for the catalog.  :-)

 Chris Burden, shot.

"Trans-fixed", 1974

"Exposing the Foundation of the Museum", 1986

"A Tale of Two Cities", 1981

Details of "A Tale of Two Cities" courtesy of Penis Ennui.

"L.A.P.D. Uniforms", 1993

"Beehive Bunker", 2006

"Beam Drop", Belo Horizonte Brazil, 2008

"The Big Wheel", 1979

"Porsche with Meteorite", 2010

"Shoot", 1979

"Beam Drop", Inhotim Brazil, 2008 (One of my favorite pieces)

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