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Victor Burgin

Victor Burgin (b. 1941, Sheffield, United Kingdom) first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the originators of Conceptual Art. His work appeared in such key exhibitions as Harald Szeemann’s Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (1969) at the ICA London, and Kynaston McShine’s Information (1970) at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at the Museum für Gegenwartkunst Siegen, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, MAMCO Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mücsarnok Museum, University at Buffalo Art Gallery, Musée d’art moderne Villeneuve d’Ascq, The List Visual Arts Center, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Musée de la Ville de Calais, The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, and Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. His work appears in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Walker Art Center, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Museum Ludwig, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Musée national d’art moderne, Sammlung Falckenberg, and The Arts Council Collection in London.

Burgin graduated from the School of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1965, where his teachers included the philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, and then went on to study Philosophy and Fine Art at Yale University School of Art and Architecture, where his teachers included Robert Morris and Donald Judd. Burgin is Professor of Visual Culture at the University of Southampton, Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Emeritus Millard Chair of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. In 2015 he was a Mellon Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He lives and works in South West France and Paris.

Victor Burgin, Photopath, 1967-69. instruction card; typewritten on card stock. 5 x 8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York
Installation view of Victor Burgin: Photopath (Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, January 20 – March 4, 2023). Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York.
Detail. Installation view of Victor Burgin: Photopath (Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, January 20 – March 4, 2023). Photograph by Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York.
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