The death of Chris Burden on Sunday came as a surprise to many in the art world. The conceptual artist, who was 69, had battled melanoma but had kept his illness a secret from the public.
Burden was a Southern California artist who developed an international reputation for his inventive and striking creations. "Urban Light," which stands at the streetfront entrance to the
A number of notable art-world personalities and institutions have reacted to Burden's death on social media. Here are some Twitter reactions:
Richard Prince, artist (@RichardPrince4): Masterpiece. Sad News. (Tweet accompanied by photo of "Urban Light.")
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (@LACMA): We are deeply saddened to note the passing of Chris Burden, whose impact on art and on LA has been profound.
Museum of Contemporary Art (@
UC Irvine (@UCIrvine): Sad to hear UC Irvine alumnus Chris Burden has died. Grateful for his vision & light. Thoughts are w/ his loved ones
Marina Abramovic Institute (@hudsonmai): We are extremely sad to hear of the passing of artist Chris Burden. Rest in peace and long live the ideas that his work confronts us with.
New Museum (@newmuseum): Chris Burden, RIP. An artistic giant and fearless risk-take[r] who played by his own rules.
Jerry Saltz, art critic (@jerrysaltz): R.I.P. Great artist Chris Burden, 69. #shoot
Hammer Museum (@hammer_museum): We are deeply saddened by the passing of artist and friend #ChrisBurden.
The Rose Art Museum (@RoseArtMuseum): One of the greatest artists of his time, Chris Burden's work will continue to influence generations to come.
Hari Kunzru, novelist (@harikunzru): Chris Burden has ended his vigil. RIP