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Chris Burden and Lisa Phillips in conversation

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Cover Image: Chris Burden, 1 Ton Crane Truck, 2009. Restored 1964 F350 Ford crane truck with one-ton cast-iron weight, 14 ft × 22 ft 10 in × 8 ft (4.2 × 6.9 × 2.4 m). Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner

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Chris Burden is joined by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, in a discussion on the exhibition “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures.”

“Chris Burden: Extreme Measures” is an expansive presentation of Chris Burden’s work that marks the first New York survey of the artist and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-five years. Burden’s epoch-defining work has made him one of the most important American artists to emerge since 1970. Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, “Extreme Measures” presents a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question. “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures” is organized by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, with Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions, Jenny Moore, Associate Curator (until July 2013), and Margot Norton, Assistant Curator.

Chris Burden currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College and received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1971. He had a major survey exhibition at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA, in 1988 and at MAK–Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, in 1996. His work was presented in the 48th Venice Biennale and at the Tate Gallery in 1999. In 2008, the Public Art Fund presented WHAT MY DAD GAVE ME, one of his skyscraper sculptures, at the Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Lisa Phillips has been Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum since 1999, where she has previously organized benchmark exhibitions on the work of Carroll Dunham, Paul McCarthy, and John Waters. Prior to joining the New Museum, she was a Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art for two decades, where she organized landmark thematic exhibitions including: “The American Century: 1950-2000,” “Beat Culture and the New America,” “Image World: Art and Media Culture,” and “The Third Dimension: Sculpture of the New York School,” as well as six biennial exhibitions, and solo exhibitions on the work of artists Richard Prince, Frederick Kiesler, Terry Winters, and Cindy Sherman. Phillips has authored over twenty publications, has contributed essays to major museum catalogues worldwide as well as journals and magazines, and lectures on contemporary art throughout the world.


“Chris Burden: Extreme Measures” is made possible through the lead support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Major support is also provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lonti Ebers and Bruce Flatt, Gagosian Gallery, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Generous support is provided by the Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc., the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Eugenio López, Catriona and Simon Mordant, Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation, Aby and Samantha Rosen, and Åke and Caisa Skeppner.

The International Leadership Council of the New Museum is gratefully acknowledged.

The publication for “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures” is made possible by the Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Foundation.

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