Pop artist Chris Burden passed away

Burden did a string of performances that were focused on endurance, pain, and anti-social behavior, and marked him as one of his generation’s leading artists.

May 13, 2015 09:14 IST
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Renowned Pop artist Chris Burden passed away on 10 May 2015 following melanoma disease at his home and studio in Topanga Canyon, California. He was 69.

Trained as a Minimalist, Burden began his career by making art that employed the most minimal materials possible. His most famous early works were Shoot (1971), in which a confederate shot him in the arm with a rifle from about 15 feet away.

In another work Trans-fixed (1974), Burden had made himself nailed Christlike, over the hump of a Volkswagen Beetle. In For Through the Night Softly (1973), he crawled through a 50-foot-long pile of broken glass in his underwear, with his hands tied behind his back.

Burden did a string of performances that were focused on endurance, pain, and anti-social behavior, and marked him as one of his generation’s leading artists.

Burden was born in Boston on 11 April 1946.

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