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Burden (2017)



Critic Consensus: Burden is no groundbreaker, but its straightforward approach allows the eccentric artists' work to speak for itself, warts and all.

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Chris Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked up in a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own, to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In BURDEN, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist's works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends, fellows students and colleagues, critics' comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

Burden does a sterling job.

May 22, 2017 | Full Review…

The filmmakers are concerned more with career trajectory than personal history, and though they don't sugarcoat the bouts of troubling behavior, their affection for Burden is evident.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

This engrossing documentary profile of Los Angeles artist Chris Burden, who died in 2015, focuses mainly on his notorious performance pieces.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

An epic, often funny testament to creative fearlessness.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Careful not to deify the man, Marrinan and Dewey balance their clear love of their subject with a sobriety that elevates it beyond the usual artist-doc hagiography.

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…
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A consistently fascinating documentary.

May 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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