The Easel

PERFORMANCE: Chris Burden and the limits of art

Opinion remains divided about Chris Burden, who died last week. He defined art as “a free spot in society, where you can do anything” and his performances included having himself shot in the arm and, another time, being nailed to a Volkswagen. He was also a video artist and a sculptor. Some obituaries seem undecided: none are as thoughtful as the older recommended piece. Images of his work are here