Recognized as a preeminent figure in postwar American art, Scott Burton synthesized minimalism, performance art, and large-scale civic projects. While he often made use of basic, reduced geometric shapes and ‘hard’ materials, Burton's sculptures’ formal attributes and arrangement in space suggest an activated, conversational relationship between presence and absence. His well-known furniture pieces share much of the spirit of his early performance work, in which he juxtaposed performers and objects in striking, sometimes sexualized, tableaux. Born in Greensboro, Alabama in 1939, Burton studied under Leon Berkowitz in Washington, DC and Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachussetts before receiving a BA in literature from Columbia Universty and an MA from New York University. He worked as a critic and an editor for Art News and Art in America before committing himself full-time to his artistic career in the late 1960s. Since the 1980s, his work has been celebrated in numerous solo exhibitions at venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago; IVAM Center Julio Gonzalez, Valencia; The Tate Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In addition to numerous civic commissions around New York City and the country, his work can currently be seen in the collections of many international institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Tate Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Burton died at age 50 from complications due to AIDS. Meulensteen represents his estate and the Museum of Modern Art Archive houses his collected papers.
Scott Burton by Oscar Tuazon at Fondazione Giuliani
Friday April 20th, 2012
Scott Burton at the Fondazione Giuliani curated by Oscar Tuazon
with Scott Burton, Beau Dick, Peter Fend, Jackie Ferrara, Martino Gamper, Bruce Goff, Elias Hansen, Bea Schlingelhoff, Oscar Tuazon.
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