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Chris Burden (American, b.1946)
LOT ID: 79714
Mini Skyscraper On Little Mesa, 2003

Other, Four color off-set print on embossed metal
35 х 28 in. (88.9 x 71.12 cm.)
Signed
Edition of 100
Lot description
"Mini Scraper On Little Mesa" relates both formally and conceptually to "Small Skyscraper," the building/sculpture that was on view at LA Contemporary Exhibitions 2003. The edition uses one of Burden's "Site-Possibility" drawings, a series that depicts the small skyscraper in various locations on Burden's property in Topanga Canyon. The image of the building/mini scraper is embossed to lift it from the landscape. Printed in 4-color process, the interior of the mini scraper is green and blue and denotes the floor and glass respectively. The print is signed and numbered with finished edges.

Combining his education in visual arts, architecture, and physics together, Chris Burden (B. 1946) is known for his controversial conceptual artworks which border between the extremely radical and the incredibly inventive. The artist has been shot by a rifle, dragged naked over glass, nailed to the top of a Volkswagen Beetle, and starved for 11 days, all in the name of performance art. Burden’s earlier works from the 1970s focused on the central idea that personal danger was essential to artistic expression, whereas his later pieces have looked towards mechanical constructions and modeling. Burden has exhibited at such prestigious institutions as the National Gallery (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY), among others.
Mini Skyscraper On Little Mesa by Chris Burden
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