A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.
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Credited cast:
Chris Burden Chris Burden ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Abramovic
Vito Acconci Vito Acconci
Larry Bell Larry Bell
Billy Al Benston Billy Al Benston
Bruce Dunlap Bruce Dunlap
Roger Ebert ... Self (archive footage)
Larry Gagosian
Frank Gehry
Jonathan Gold ... Self
Charles Hill Charles Hill
Robert Irwin Robert Irwin
John McEnroe
Ed Moses Ed Moses
Regis Philbin ... Self (archive footage)


A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who took creative expression to the limits and risked his life in the name of art.

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Beyond the limits. Out of the museum


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Inspired but also little bit violent
9 October 2018 | by chloejiaweiSee all my reviews

This documentary can be seen as a record or a story of Chris Burden, was an American artist, and his artworks. If you are an artist, Chris Burden is the name you should know. You can dislike his work, but you will get some inspirations after you saw his pieces. From his early works on performance and sculpture to later installations, the art styles changed significantly from time to time so do Burden as an artist. The early artworks of Burden are full of violence, fear, uncertainty, and even bloody. The video about performance piece named 'Shoot,' his the most known 1971 performance work, reflected the moment of art. As Burden said, every person, especially in the United States, would have fantasy of getting shot. He just was a performer presenting this fantasy to the audience. The boundary between art and incident is blurred in this art piece. After watching videos of his early performance art, I cannot stop thinking the definition of art in the art world. All those pieces are on the line between art and lunatic actions. His later installations and sculptures are pleased to see. I can define those works as art without hesitation. By using many small parts, Burden created a huge sculpture, an area, and even a world. His works are a journey of self-consciousness. Who am I? What do I want to do? What is art for me? How do I reflect on my works? One thing make feel a little boring is the background music. Though this documentary has a few background music, I am the kind of person expecting more background music while watching a documentary. Just a personal view.

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5 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Chris Burden: Double Bind See more »


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