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Guy De Cointet, Tell Me, 1979. Estate of Guy de Cointet / Air de Paris, Paris

Tell Me, a 1979 play by the Los Angeles conceptual performance artist and writer Guy de Cointet.Tell Me, a 1979 play by the Los Angeles conceptual performance artist and writer Guy de Cointet.

Branchitude loves to color block. I'm not mad.

TERENCE KOH SHOULD HAVE BEEN A POP MUSICIAN

Performance still from Performance Manifesto, Serpentine Gallery, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, October 2008Performance still from Performance Manifesto, Serpentine Gallery, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, October 2008

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EXTREME

Chris Burden : Locus and Publishing CoChris Burden : Locus and Publishing Co

Chris Burden's dedication to the ideal of the extreme has made a myth of the man. From his graduate piece in his Master Of Fine Arts program at UC Irvine where he locked himself in a school locker for five days, to his decision in November 1971 to make a piece called "Shoot", in which a friend fired a gun fifteen feet away from him to create a "wound" as art piece, Burden has certainly pushed art's self-definition to its edge. Almost self-destructively so. But it is the April 23 1974 performance, in Venice California when Burden had himself cruxified to a Volkswagen and then driven for probably a good 30 seconds on a speedway, that his place was secured in the annals of art infamy. It was supposed to be the kind of anti-art, not made for consumption or for that matter- for posterity - but here it is, one of the greatest images in contemporary art history and the cover moment of the must-buy overview of Burden's work. Currently available via D.A.P. By Locus and Publishing Co. $85.00.

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