Art In America

Chris Burden

at New Museum,
235 Bowery

 

There's real gold in this retrospective, and not just in a stairwell installation by the onetime California phenom but also in the videos documenting his classic mid-'70s performances-works once mind-blowing and now historically revered for their perfect blend of conceptualism and creepiness. To see the artist shot, crucified on a Volkswagen, crawling naked across broken glass-all by his own choice-is to be reminded of a time when art seemed truly daring, semi-clandestine and almost criminal in its defiance of social norms. Elsewhere are more recent installations suggesting a world at war with itself: dangling models of all the submarines in the U.S. fleet, a row of deceptively oversize police uniforms that assume their true dimensions as one approaches, even a close-up video of Burden, in swim goggles, doing a dead-on imitation of a French xenophobe.

 

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through Apr. 20
54 Ludlow St.

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Closing

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through Apr. 19
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through May 3
525 West 22nd St.

Closing

Ben Gocker

at PPOW,
through Apr. 19
535 W. 23rd St.

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at Sean Kelly,
through May 3
475 Tenth Ave.

Christoph Schlingensief

at MoMA PS1,
through Aug. 31
22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens

Closing

George Nakashima

at Untitled,
through Apr. 20
30 Orchard St.

Sam Pulitzer

at Artists Space,
through May 18
38 Greene St.

Closing

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at Rachel Uffner,
through Apr. 20
170 Suffolk St.

Closing

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at Gagosian,
through Apr. 19
522 W 21st St.

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at Skarstedt Gallery,
through Apr. 26
20 E 79th St.

Closing

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at Swiss Institute,
through May 11
18 Wooster St.

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at Metropolitan Museum of Art,
through May 11
1000 Fifth Avenue

Michelangelo Pistoletto

at Luhring Augustine Bushwick,
through May 3
25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn

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