Chris Burden - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Olivier Renaud Clement, New York

  • Literature

    Artforum, May 1976, cover, pp. 24-31

  • Catalogue Essay

    Groundbreaking performance artist Christ Burden underwent a series of elaborate, self-inflicted performative trials in the early 1970s that have come to define the spectacular extremes of performance art. Contained within a black loose-leaf binder with hand painted front cover are the documentary contents of 23 of Burden’s most famous performance works executed between 1971 and 1973. Self-published in 1974, the book archives ephemeral performances that otherwise might have vanished into the realm of performative legend—no piece was ever repeated or rehearsed. The succinct, descriptive, typewritten texts and accompanying photographs bring each performance to light, laying bare Burden’s radical, audacious, and often painful practice.

    Other examples of this work are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Deluxe Photo Book 71-73

44 gelatin silver prints, 9 chromogenic prints and typewritten text, 1974.
Varying dimensions from 4 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (10.8 x 14.6 cm) to 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (24.8 x 19.1 cm) or the reverse
Each signed in pencil on the verso. Signed, dated, numbered 37/50 in pencil and typed copyright credit on the colophon. Typed lists of 'Exhibitions and Pieces' and photographic credits. Each print and text sheet individually housed within a plastic leaf, all contained within a black plastic loose-leaf binder with hand-painted cover.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $35,000

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016