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January 25, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It looks like the perfect spot for Valentine's Day. At least that's the idea in "No Strings Attached," the new Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman movie about a couple who denies being a couple until someone makes a startling/inevitable declaration of love. The setting for this confession, familiar to many locals by now, is an artwork by Chris Burden called "Urban Light": some 200 vintage lampposts arranged to create a forest of lights that you can walk through on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or drive by on Wilshire Boulevard.
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November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Chris Burden, the artist whose "Urban Light" outdoor installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a symbol of the city and who is the subject of a retrospective at the New Museum in New York, will be creating a large-scale work for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. The university said that the new commissioned work will be titled "Light of Reason," and will feature antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches that will form three branches in front of the museum's entrance.  The work is expected to be completed some time in 2014, according to the university.
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January 30, 2008 | Susan Freudenheim, Special to The Times
"I'VE been driving by these buildings for 40 years, and it's always bugged me how this institution turned its back on the city," Chris Burden said the other day as he sat in a new public plaza facing Wilshire Boulevard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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October 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Chris Burden, the Los Angeles conceptual artist whose "Urban Light" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a local landmark, is marking a career milestone with his first solo museum show since 1988. But the exhibition is taking place 3,000 miles away at the New Museum in New York. "Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" opened this week at the downtown contemporary art museum with a flurry of media attention. Running through Jan. 12, the exhibition features a selection of his works from his 40-year career, occupying all five floors of the museum.
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February 25, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
DRAWN by the "allure and myth of the artist's studio," photographer Jason Schmidt spent six years taking pictures of painters, sculptors, photographers and others for his book "Artists" (Edition 7L). The 131 images have a sense of self-portraiture, Schmidt says, because of choices his subjects made in presenting themselves and the inclusion of artist statements. Chris Burden is pictured climbing a Topanga Canyon hillside above his "Urban Light" sculpture.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By David Ng
Chris Burden, the artist whose "Urban Light" outdoor installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a symbol of the city and who is the subject of a retrospective at the New Museum in New York, will be creating a large-scale work for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. The university said that the new commissioned work will be titled "Light of Reason," and will feature antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches that will form three branches in front of the museum's entrance.  The work is expected to be completed some time in 2014, according to the university.
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May 1, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acclaimed Swiss architect is hoping to pull off what an acclaimed Dutch one could not. Next month LACMA will publicly unveil a $650-million plan by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor for a dramatic new museum building along Wilshire Boulevard. If completed it would rank as one of the most significant works of architecture to rise in Los Angeles since Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall opened 10 years ago. It would also require demolishing the core of the museum's campus, including the original 1965 buildings by William L. Pereira and a 1986 addition by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Chris Burden, the Los Angeles conceptual artist whose "Urban Light" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a local landmark, is marking a career milestone with his first solo museum show since 1988. But the exhibition is taking place 3,000 miles away at the New Museum in New York. "Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" opened this week at the downtown contemporary art museum with a flurry of media attention. Running through Jan. 12, the exhibition features a selection of his works from his 40-year career, occupying all five floors of the museum.
IMAGE
February 17, 2008 | Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
The invitations were curious enough. Guests were sent a red chrome egg with a cracked top that bore an uncanny resemblance to artist Jeff Koons' "Cracked Egg (Red)." As well it should. The sculpture, chosen for obvious symbolism, is part of the inaugural show at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, and the invitation was the first clue that the opening-night party would be no ordinary affair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Deborah Vankin and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' newest rock star, like so many before her, sleeps by day and rolls on by night, gathering, as they say, no moss. She stops in one town after another - in Ontario, La Palma, Lakewood and Long Beach. In each, she tantalizes and mesmerizes, conjuring a joyful circus, even a few moments of unbridled exuberance that some might regret down the road. Then, just as her star is brightest, she moves on, as if someone had given her the same advice offered by Gypsy Rose Lee's mother: Always leave them wanting more.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acclaimed Swiss architect is hoping to pull off what an acclaimed Dutch one could not. Next month LACMA will publicly unveil a $650-million plan by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor for a dramatic new museum building along Wilshire Boulevard. If completed it would rank as one of the most significant works of architecture to rise in Los Angeles since Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall opened 10 years ago. It would also require demolishing the core of the museum's campus, including the original 1965 buildings by William L. Pereira and a 1986 addition by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
One way to know you're in Chris Burden's studio: erector sets on the floor. Since the 1980s, when the artist stopped doing performances that rivaled Marina Abramovic's for their self-inflicted wounds and bodily deprivations, Burden has become known for his architectural (though not full scale) art installations. There's "Metropolis II," his miniature racetrack inside LACMA that sends more than a thousand model cars coursing through a small cityscape clad with attention-getting (and sometimes repulsing)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Deborah Vankin and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' newest rock star, like so many before her, sleeps by day and rolls on by night, gathering, as they say, no moss. She stops in one town after another - in Ontario, La Palma, Lakewood and Long Beach. In each, she tantalizes and mesmerizes, conjuring a joyful circus, even a few moments of unbridled exuberance that some might regret down the road. Then, just as her star is brightest, she moves on, as if someone had given her the same advice offered by Gypsy Rose Lee's mother: Always leave them wanting more.
NEWS
March 27, 2011
The 202 street lights that form Chris Burden's "Urban Light" sculpture were once scattered around Los Angeles . Burden collected these antique lamps and restored them, and now they stand in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Still in working condition, the lamps glow from dusk until 10 p.m. Times reader Mark Englert captured this view of Burden's sculpture. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2011 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It looks like the perfect spot for Valentine's Day. At least that's the idea in "No Strings Attached," the new Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman movie about a couple who denies being a couple until someone makes a startling/inevitable declaration of love. The setting for this confession, familiar to many locals by now, is an artwork by Chris Burden called "Urban Light": some 200 vintage lampposts arranged to create a forest of lights that you can walk through on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or drive by on Wilshire Boulevard.
IMAGE
February 17, 2008 | Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
The invitations were curious enough. Guests were sent a red chrome egg with a cracked top that bore an uncanny resemblance to artist Jeff Koons' "Cracked Egg (Red)." As well it should. The sculpture, chosen for obvious symbolism, is part of the inaugural show at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, and the invitation was the first clue that the opening-night party would be no ordinary affair.
NEWS
March 27, 2011
The 202 street lights that form Chris Burden's "Urban Light" sculpture were once scattered around Los Angeles . Burden collected these antique lamps and restored them, and now they stand in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art . Still in working condition, the lamps glow from dusk until 10 p.m. Times reader Mark Englert captured this view of Burden's sculpture. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
One way to know you're in Chris Burden's studio: erector sets on the floor. Since the 1980s, when the artist stopped doing performances that rivaled Marina Abramovic's for their self-inflicted wounds and bodily deprivations, Burden has become known for his architectural (though not full scale) art installations. There's "Metropolis II," his miniature racetrack inside LACMA that sends more than a thousand model cars coursing through a small cityscape clad with attention-getting (and sometimes repulsing)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2008 | Susan Freudenheim, Special to The Times
"I'VE been driving by these buildings for 40 years, and it's always bugged me how this institution turned its back on the city," Chris Burden said the other day as he sat in a new public plaza facing Wilshire Boulevard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
DRAWN by the "allure and myth of the artist's studio," photographer Jason Schmidt spent six years taking pictures of painters, sculptors, photographers and others for his book "Artists" (Edition 7L). The 131 images have a sense of self-portraiture, Schmidt says, because of choices his subjects made in presenting themselves and the inclusion of artist statements. Chris Burden is pictured climbing a Topanga Canyon hillside above his "Urban Light" sculpture.
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