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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at Sean Kelly,
through Dec. 19
475 Tenth Avenue


Austin Lee

at Postmasters,
through Dec. 5
54 Franklin Street

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at 47 Canal,
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291 Grand Street, 2nd floor

Tom Burr

at Bortolami,
through Dec. 23
520 West 20th Street

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at Sperone Westwater,
through Dec. 22
257 Bowery

Rachel Rose

at Whitney Museum,
through Feb. 7
99 Gansevoort Street


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at Andrea Rosen,
through Dec. 5
525 West 24th Street

Walid Raad

at Museum of Modern Art,
through Jan. 31
11 West 53rd Street


Benjamin Degen

at Susan Inglett,
through Dec. 5
522 West 24th Street

Martha Wilson

at P.P.O.W,
through Dec. 22
535 West 22nd Street


Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe and Jennifer Herrema

at Red Bull Studios,
through Dec. 6
220 West 18th Street

Zhang Hongtu

at Queens Museum,
through Feb. 28
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Richard Pousette-Dart

at Drawing Center,
through Dec. 20
35 Wooster Street

Barbara Rossi

at New Museum,
through Jan. 3
235 Bowery

Wynne Greenwood

at New Museum,
through Jan. 10
235 Bowery

Robert Irwin

at Dia:Beacon,
through Dec. 31
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, N.Y.

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