Chris Burden – Porsche with Meteorite, 2013, restored 1974 Porsche 914, 390 pound meteorite, steel structure installation, New Museum, New York City, USA, 2013
Photo: Benoit Pailley, New Museum
About Chris Burden’s Porsche with Meteorite
Chris Burden was not exactly an everyday artist. While his previous work usually involved a form of danger (see Shoot), his last works have still been about performance, but mostly involved creating very much advanced models of working machines. One of such of his works was sitting in the New Museum, NYC in 2013. At the New Museum, there was a large chunk of meteorite which weighed 365 pounds hanging from one end of a massive steel frame while a Canary yellow 1974 Porsche 914 hung from the other end.
Burden went to great lengths to make his machines come to live and a great deal of energy and intelligence is required. According to the story of how the meteorite machine came to be, Burden spotted the huge meteorite on eBay and it was available on free shipping too. He had never seen a meteorite that big and he went ahead to buy it without actually having any inkling whatsoever about what he would do with it.
Chris Burden whose most well-known work is Shoot, an art performance in which he had his own arm shot by a friend in 1971, had over the years grown into a stocky, vigorous 67 years old man. His works were usually huge and they always took very long time to bring to life but there is a clean elegance about them which Mr. Burden said he imbibed from the University of California.
Hirst’s exhibition in 12 galleries at the same time
On January 12, 2012, Damien Hirst’s show was opened on all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong.
More than 150 private individuals or public institutions from twenty countries provided their paintings to create this single exhibition in different countries.
More than 300 paintings were shown, from the first spot, created by Hirst in 1986, to the smallest spot painting comprising half a spot and measuring 1 x 1/2 inch (1996); to a monumental work comprising only four spots, each 60 inches in diameter; and up to the most recent spot painting completed in 2011 containing 25,781 spots that are each 1 millimeter in diameter, with no single color ever repeated.
The exhibition precedes the first major museum retrospective of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London in April 2012.
Damien Hirst Spot Challenge
Those visitors who manage to see all eleven galleries spread on three continents until February 10, 2012, received a signed spot print by Damien Hirst with a personal dedication. Participation conditions were relatively strict as the print might be worth up to 50.000US$ at that time.
Damien Hirst – L5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm
Damien Hirst – Phenylpropiolic Acid, 2010, household gloss on canvas, 66.2×96.5cm
Damien Hirst – Lauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1×27.9cm, Edition of 55
Damien Hirst – S-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28×96.52cm, Edition of 100
Damien Hirst – Pyronin Y, 2007, 137.8×110.5cm
Damien Hirst – Phendimetrazine, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 70,5x118cm, Edition of 150
Damien Hirst – Methamphetamine, 2004, A single spot etching, Edition of 115
Damien Hirst – Ellipticine, 2007, Spot-etching, 110.5×137.8cm, Edition of 75
Damien Hirst – Set of three spot etchings: (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm