Burden Review

Author: Linda Marric

Known throughout his life mostly for his earlier subversive and deliberately provocative work, Chris Burden was one of the most controversial artists of his generation. Using his body as a tool to express himself, the artist pushed the boundaries of decency to the limits and put himself in danger in a series of dangerous stunts, which at the time earned him the nickname of “The Evil Knievel of art”. In the ’70s Burden’s name became synonymous with a new art movement which sought to subvert hundreds of years of classical art tradition by adding elements of danger and unease to the proceedings.

In Burden, directors Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan attempt to explore the myth behind the man in one of the most touching accounts about the life and work of an artist who stopped at nothing in his quest for brilliance. Immortalised by David Bowie

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