Chris Burden: Streetlamps
This book explores Chris Burden’s work with antique streetlamps, which he began to amass in the early 2000s. Burden fully restored 202 streetlamps from the 1920s to create his renowned sculpture Urban Light, which was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and went on public view in 2008. He realized four more major streetlamp sculptures in both public and private spaces, all of which are lavishly documented here from conception through installation.
The works are illuminated with texts by Russell Ferguson, Christopher Bedford, and George Roberts. A conversation between Michael Govan and Burden from 2008 brings the artist’s own voice into the publication, as do artist statements written by Burden which accompany the works. A photo essay by Ari Marcopoulos includes never-before-seen images of Burden preparing for his exhibition of Fourteen Magnolia Double Lamps at South London Gallery in 2006, a precursor to Urban Light.