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.

 

More from the Lookout

Frank Heath

at Simone Subal,
through Oct. 26
131 Bowery, 2nd Floor

Andy Coolquitt

at Lisa Cooley,
through Oct. 19
107 Norfolk St.

Anissa Mack

at Laurel Gitlen,
through Oct. 19
122 Norfolk St.

Closing

Gordon Hall

at Foxy Production,
through Oct. 4
637 W. 27th St.

Danh Vo

at Public Art Fund,
through Dec. 5
Brooklyn Bridge Park and City Hall Park

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