Chris Burden to create large-scale installation for Rose Art Museum

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Chris Burden, the artist whose “Urban Light” outdoor installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has become a symbol of the city and who is the subject of a retrospective at the New Museum in New York, will be creating a large-scale work for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

The university said that the new commissioned work will be titled “Light of Reason,” and will feature antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches that will form three branches in front of the museum’s entrance.

The work is expected to be completed some time in 2014, according to the university.

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The Los Angeles-based Burden has used old lampposts before, in his “Urban Light” installation at LACMA. The work, which debuted in 2008, features 202 restored cast iron lampposts arranged in a rectangular formation.

Burden also unveiled “Metropolis II” at LACMA in 2012. The kinetic sculpture features about 100,000 toy race cars circulating through a mini-city of interconnected highways.

“Extreme Measures,” Burden’s exhibition at the New Museum, is his first New York survey for the artist and his first major retrospective in more than 25 years. The show runs through Jan. 12.

Burden’s new installation for the Rose Art Museum represents something of a homecoming for the artist. Burden was born in Boston in 1946 and the museum is in the town of Waltham, Mass., just outside the city.


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