Lot 173: Chris Burden
Ephemera for Documenta 6 performance
Signed and dated
11" x 8.5" x .125"; (28 x 22 x 0.2 cm)
Together with 3-volume exhibition catalogue Documenta 6
Provenance: Billy Adler, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist); Private Collection, California (acquired directly from the above)
Literature: Chris Burden: A Twenty-Year Survey. Newport Harbor Art Museum exh. cat. 1988. 112.; Documenta 6. Vol. I. 1977. 294-295.
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Buy Now: $3,750
Inventory Id: 32172
For Documenta 6, the contemporary art exhibition that occurs every 5 years in Kassel, Germany, Burden exhibited C.B.T.V. (Chris Burden Television). For the piece, Burden created a working replica of an early mechanical television invented by John Logie Baird in 1924. The viewer could choose to stand in front of the machine or place an object in front of the machine, and the image would be transmitted to another room. The piece was intended to give insight into how increasingly complex devices functioned, by presenting an early simplified version.