Weapons of Choice: Chris Burden Talks Porsches, Cannons, Sailboats and Meteorites

'The Big Wheel,' 1979. (Courtesy the New Museum)

One day the artist Chris Burden was poking around eBay, looking at meteorites. “I was buying little ones and stuff, and all of a sudden I see this one, the biggest meteorite I had ever seen for sale,” he told me earlier this month at the New Museum, the day after a retrospective of more than 40 years of his art opened there. “And there was free shipping, you know?” He paused. “What, a 400-pound meteorite? Free shipping? I’ve never seen one that big. So I bought the meteorite with no idea what I was going to do with it whatsoever, and then I started thinking.” Read More


A Chris Burden Skyscraper, or Two, May Come to New York

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me, 2008 (Courtesy Gagosian Gallery)

Next week, Chris Burden’s 2003 sculpture Small Skyscraper (Quasi Legal Skyscraper) will be installed in the courtyard at a shopping venue in Pasadena, Calif., The Art Newspaper reports. The artist first got the idea for the four-story aluminum and plywood “concept house” when he was building his own house in 1991 and asked the architect “what was the smallest building you could build without a permit.” At the time it was 400 square feet and 35 feet tall. Ten years later, TK Architecture’s Linda Taalman and Alan Koch reached out to Mr. Burden about the design, and the idea of actually building these sculptures began to take hold. Read More