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Chris Burden’s Suspended Submarines

For more photos and videos from All the Submarines of the United States of America and more works from “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” explore the #chrisburden hashtag and visit the New Museum location page.

New York City’s New Museum (@newmuseum) is in the midst of hosting “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” a retrospective of the artist’s work that spans more than four decades of installations.

The highlight of the retrospective is a gallery-sized installation of 625 suspended cardboard submarines entitled All the Submarines of the United States of America. A side wall of the gallery also features a list of the names for each of the submarines represented in the exhibition. Taken together, the hanging miniature submarines are reminiscent of a school of fish swimming underwater, and their arrangement has proven irresistible to visiting Instagrammers.

Notably, Burden has refused to give a statement on the political opinion behind the work, leaving visitors to form their own ideas out of the "host of questions and thoughts about security, politics, warfare and history" that the piece raises.

Outside of the works on display, Burden is now perhaps now most popularly known for his Urban Lights installment in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (@LACMA).

"Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" and its All the Submarines of the United States of America installation are on display at the New Museum until 12 January, 2014.


The Tiniest Cosmos

Cosmology of Life is Indonesian artist Toni Kanwa’s collection of 1000 intricately carved, needle-sized ritualistic figures displayed on a lit table at the 2013 Singapore Biennale.

Magnifying glasses allow less-than-hawk-eyed viewers to observe the miniscule figures – each of which has its own teeny-tiny energy and character.

These miniature, talisman-like sculptures were intuitively carved and shaped by Kanwa to express his worldview of nature, spirituality, and the macro and micro cosmos. His creative process follows a special ritual, informed by his past investigations of sacred knowledge and practices in Indonesia, where he dialogues with the material and medium used before beginning to sculpt.

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