Victor Burgin

b. 1941 in Sheffield, England (UK).
Lives and works in San Francisco (USA).
Professor of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)
Received his A.R.C.A (1st Class) from The Royal College of Art, London in 1965, and his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1967.


Selected solo exhibitions


1976    Lei Feng, Foksal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
   Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
1977    Victor Burgin, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1978    Victor Burgin, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1979    Zoo, DAAD Gallery, Berlin
1981    Victor Burgin, Musée de la Ville de Calais, Calais
1986    Victor Burgin, ICA, London
1991    Passages, Musée d'Art Moderne Villeneuve d'Ascq, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France;
1992    Passages, Espace Poulain, Ville de Blois, France
1994    The End, John Weber Gallery, New York
   Les Quatres Saisons, Galerie Durand-Dessert, Paris
1995    The End, State University of New York at Buffalo Art Gallery/Research Center in Art + Culture
1996    Love Stories, John Weber Gallery, New York
1998    Love Letters, Mûcsarnok (Kunsthalle), Budapest


Selected group exhibitions


1967    British Painting, British Pavilion, World Expo '67, Montréal, Québec (Canada)
1969    557,087 (curated by Lucy Lippard), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (USA); traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia (Canada) as 995,000; and to Centro de Arte y Communicacion, Buenos Aires (Argentina) as 2,972,453
   When Attitudes Become Form / Works-Concepts-Processes-Situations-Information, Kunsthalle, Bern (Switzerland), and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London
1970    Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971    Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
   XI. Bienal de São Paulo Road Show: New English Inquiry, São Paulo (Brazil)
   Guggenheim International Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
1972    The New Art, Hayward Gallery, London
   Documenta 5, Museum Fredericianum and Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany
   XXXVI. International Biennale, Venice, Italy
1973    Modern British Art for the Tate Gallery, London
1974    Carl Andre/Marcel Broodthaers/Daniel Buren/Victor Burgin/Gilbert & George/On Kawara/Richard Long/Gerhard Richter, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
1975    Victor Burgin/Art and Language, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France
1977    Europe in the Seventies: Aspects of Recent Art, Art Institute of Chicago; traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fort Worth Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (all USA)
1980    3rd Sydney Biennial, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1981    British Sculpture in the 20th Century, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1984    Photographic Image in Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1987    Difference: on Sexuality and Representation, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
   The Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London
   Berlinart 1961-1987, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1988    The Future of the Metropolis, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
1989    New Acquisitions/New Work/New Directions, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
   Malaise, Galeria La Máquina Española, Madrid
   International Video Exhibition, The Tate Gallery, London
   On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Los Angeles County Art Museum
   The Art of Photography: 1839-1989, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA); Royal Academy of Art, London; Ministry of Culture of the Soviet Union, Moscow; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1992    The Power of Words: An Aspect of Recent Documentary Photography, American Federation of the Arts, national two-year touring exhibition (USA)
   Artistes pour Amnesty International, Fondation Nationale des Arts, Paris; Amnesty International Benefit and Auction, Hôtel des arts, Paris
1995    Fotografie nach der fotografie (Photography after photography), Siemens Kulturprogramm, Munich, Germany
   1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art / The Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles
   L'Image Électronique, 3e Biennale d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, France
1996    Spellbound: Art and Film Since 1945, The Museum of Contemporary Art / The Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles
   Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
1996-97    Face à l'Histoire 1933-1966: L'artiste moderne face à l'événement historique, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1997    La stanza degli specchi: Arte e film dal 1945, Palazzo della Esposizioni, Rome
   Biennale Internationale de l'Image: Instants de Ville, Palais de Congrès de Nancy, France


Selected video


1987    Fall, Video-wall (36 monitors), two minute videodisk programme, Mississauga Shopping Mall, and other locations, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
1989    Fall, Video-wall (36 monitors), two minute videodisk programme, edited version, Tate Gallery, London
1993    Venise (PAL U-matic SP, colour, 30 min.), for Ville de Marseille, France Permanent computer-video installation for the Médiatheque d'Orléans, Ville d'Orléans, France
1998    Ferenczi (30 min.), for C3, Budapest


Works in public collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The New York Public Library
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (USA)
The Tate Gallery, London
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Arts Council Collection, London
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


Fellowships and awards


1976-77    US/UK Bicentennial Arts Exchange Fellow, New York
1978-79    Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship, Berlin
1991    Allocation de recherche et de séjour, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Délégation aux Arts Plastiques (vidéo et nouvelles technologies de l'image), Paris
1995    NEA Regional Initiative Artists' Regranting Program project grant (USA)


Artist residencies


1980    Espace Lyonais d'Art Contemporain, Ville de Lyon, France
1981    Musée de Grenoble, Ville de Grenoble, France
1986    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA (USA)
1987    University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (USA)
1988    Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Adelaide, Australia
1989    Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada
   Film in the Cities, International Artist Residency Program, Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA)
1993    I.ME.RE.C (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherche et de Création), Marseille, France
1997    C3, Budapest




1973    Work and Commentary, Latimer, London
1976    Two Essays on Art, Photography and Semiotics, Robert Self Publications, London
1977    Victor Burgin, Stedelijk van abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
   Family, Lapp Princess Press, Ltd., in association with Printed Matter, Inc., New York
1982    Hôtel Latône, Edition Musée de Calais, Calais
   Thinking Photography, Victor Burgin (ed.), [Burgin: Introduction, three essays, bibliography], The Macmillan Press Ltd., London and Basingstoke, and Humanities Press International, New Jersey (l982, reprinted 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 (twice), 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994)
1986    Formations of Fantasy, (co-edited with Donald, J. and Kaplan, C.), [Burgin: Introduction, one essay, translation], Methuen, London
   Between, Basil Blackwell, Oxford and New York
   The End of Art Theory: Criticism and Postmodernity, Macmillan Press, London and Basingstoke, and Humanities Press International, New Jersey (l986, reprinted 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1996)
1988    Victor Burgin, Office at Night and Danaïdes/Dames, Knight Gallery, City of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
   Victor Burgin, opere 1982-1986, Le Case d'Arte, Milan
1989    Taideteorian Loppu, Suomen Valokuvataiteen Museon Säätiö, Literos, collection of essays by Burgin in Finnish translation, Helsinki
1991    Passages, Musée d'art moderne de la Communauté Urbaine de Lille, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille
1995    History Painting, State University of New York at Buffalo Art Gallery/Research Center in Art + Culture, Buffalo, New York
1996    Some Cities, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, and Reaktion Books, London
   In/Different Spaces: place and memory in visual culture, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles
1997    Venise, Black Dog Publishing, London



Bann, Stephen, 'A propos de l'US77 de Victor Burgin,' in: Skira Annual 1978, art press international, 24, Geneva, January 1979

Bann, Stephen, 'Reflections on the Industrial Sublime,' in: Georges Teyssot (ed.), Beyond the City, the Metropolis, Electa, Milan, 1988, pp. 248-250; Italian translation in: Georges Teyssot (ed.), Le città del mondo e il futuro delle metropoli, Electa, Milan, pp. 248-250

Batchen, Geoffrey, 'For an Impossible Realism: An Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Afterimage, v. 16, n. 7, February 1989, pp. 4-9 Reprinted in: Agenda-Interviews, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 8-12

Bhabha, Homi, 'Visualizing Theory,' in: Visual Anthropology Review, v. 8, n. 1, Spring 1992, pp. 70-81
Reprinted in: Visualizing Theory: Selected Essays from V.A.R. 1990-1994, Routledge, New York / London, 1994, pp. 452-467

Bird, Jon, 'Postmodern abjection-interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Victor Burgin, Knight Gallery, City of Charlotte, NC (USA), 1988

Boyer, M. Christine, 'Victor Burgin In/Different Spaces,' in: parallax, 5, September 1997, pp. 197-205

Brook, Donald, 'An exchange of opinion,' in: Artlink, v. 8, n. 1, Adelaide (Australia), March-May 1988, pp. 10-11

Brooks, Rosetta, 'Imaginary Geography,' in: Victor Burgin, History Painting, State University of New York at Buffalo Art Gallery/Research Center in: Art + Culture, 1995, pp. 9-16

Brooks, Rosetta, 'Victor Burgin: Interview,' in: Z.G., 1, 1981
Burnett, Christopher, 'Riddles of the Sphinx-Victor Burgin in Boston,' in: Afterimage, Summer 1987

Cieri, Marie, 'Victor Burgin in residence,' in: 19 Projects: Artists in Residence at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 1996, pp. 78-90
-, 'Conceptual Art: Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Varsity, Cambridge University, October 1971

Cottingham, Laura, 'Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Journal of Contemporary Art, n. 4, Spring/Summer 1991, pp. 12-23

Deutsch, Rosalyn, 'Analysing Space: A Response to Victor Burgin's In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture,' in: parallax, 5, September 1997, pp. 183-191

Dreher, Thomas, 'Victor Burgin,' in: Konzeptuelle Kunst in Amerika und England zwischen 1963 und 1976, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, Bern, New York, Paris, 1992

Dreyer, Thomas, 'Victor Burgin: Angelus Novus,' in: Hubertus von Amelunxen, Stefan Iglhaut, Florian Rötzer (eds.), Photography after Photography: Memory and Representation in the Digital Age, G+B Arts, Munich, 1996, pp. 144-9

Durand, Régis, 'Penser au présent: notes sur l'œuvre de Victor Burgin,' in: habiter l'image: essais sur la photographie, Marval, Paris, 1994, pp. 151-71

Durand, Regis, 'Victor Burgin: l'adieu à la photographie,' in: art press, 130, November 1988, pp. 6, 20-24

Duric, Maja, 'Viktor Burgin,' in: Likovni Zivot, Belgrade, February-May 1977, pp. 111-112

Fischer, Jean, 'Chasing Dreams,' in: Artforum, May 1984, pp. 39-43

Gintz, Claude, 'Victor Burgin: Sexualité, Pouvoir, Histoire,' in: Art Press, 54, December 1981

Godfrey, Tony, 'Sex, Text, Politics: An Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Block, n. 7, 1982, pp. 2-26
Reprinted in: Victor Burgin: US 77/Zoo '78, Picker Art Gallery, Hamilton, New York, 1980 (excerpts); Faire Semblant, Musée de Grenoble, pp. 175-89 (excerpts)

Godfrey, Tony, 'The Space Man,' in: Tate Magazine, Winter 1997, pp. 50-53

Godfrey, Tony, 'Victor Burgin,' in: Art Monthly, n. 96, May 1986, pp. 16-17

Granat, Søren J., 'Introduktion til billedkunstneren Victor Burgin,' in: Passepartout: Skrifter for Kunsthistorie, nr. 7 4. årgang, 1996, pp. 175-189

Green, David, 'Burgin-History/Ideology/Psychoanalysis,' in: Ten.8, n. 26, 1987

Howett, John, 'The ambiguity of signs,' in: Victor Burgin: Office at Night and Danaîdea/Dames, Knight Gallery, City of Charlotte, NC (USA), 1988

Hutcheon, Linda, 'Fringe Interference: Postmodern Border Tensions,' in: Style, v. 22, n. 2, Summer 1988, pp. 299-323
Reprinted in: Theory Across the Disciplines, University of Michigan

Jones, A., 'Romancing the Father,' in: Artscribe, March/April 1991

Lewis, Mark, 'Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: C, 16, Toronto, Winter 1987/88, pp. 54-65

Louw, Roelof, 'Victor Burgin: Language and Perception,' in: Artforum, XII, February 1974, pp. 53-55

Magnani, Gregorio, 'Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: Flash Art, n. 149, November/December 1989, pp. 119-121

Millet, Catherine, 'Victor Burgin: Linguaggio, Percezione Funzione, Rapprosentativa,' in: Data, 3, April 1972, pp. 35-38
English text in: Beyond Painting and Sculpture, London Arts Council of Great Britain, 1973

Mulvey, Laura, 'Dialogue with Spectatorship: Barbara Kruger and Victor Burgin,' in: Visual and Other Pleasures, Macmillan, London, 1989, pp. 127-136

Nosei Weber, Annina (ed.), Discussion, (text of video interview with Tom Wolf, May 10-13, 1977), New York, 1980, pp. 79-91

Osborne, Peter, 'Aesthetic Autonomy and the Crisis of Theory,' in: New Formations, n. 9, Winter 1989, pp. 31-50

Owens, Craig, 'Posing,' in: Difference: On Representation and Sexuality, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1985

Pacquement, Alfred, 'Victor Burgin: La Représentation par le Texte,' in: Art Press, July/August 1973, pp. 16-18

Paoletti, John T., 'Victor Burgin,' in: The Critical Eye, Yale Center for British Arts, 1984, pp. 8-13

Paoletti, John, 'Victor Burgin's Office at Night--Between Image and Interpretation,' in: ARTS magazine, September 1986, pp. 38-39

Pencenat, Corinne, 'Portrait: Victor Burgin,' in: Beaux Arts, n. 95, November 1991, pp. 92-94

Poster, Mark, 'The Bork 'R Us,' in: parallax, 5, September 1997, pp. 193-196

Rehm, Jean-Paul, 'Victor Burgin,' in: Par les yeux du langage, Marseille, Art-Transit, 1993, pp. 91-94

Ribalta, Jorge, 'Linking Theories Together,' in: LAPIZ: International Art Magazine, Year 9, n. 75, February 1991, pp. 72-79

Roberts, John (ed.), 'Interview with Victor Burgin,' in: The Impossible Document: Photography and Conceptual Art in Britain, 1966-1976, Camerawork, London, 1997, pp. 80-103

Roberts, John, 'Victor Burgin--another knowledge for photography,' in: Creative Camera, 6, 1986

Seymour, Anne, Interview, in: The New Art, The Hayward Gallery, London, 1972, pp. 74-78

Smith, Paul, 'Double Space: On Victor Burgin,' in: Forum International, n. 9, September/October 1991, pp. 53-58

-: 'Thatcher's Britain,' the editors, in: Aperture, n. 113, Winter 1988, pp. 20-29

Tickner, Lisa, 'Sexuality And/In Representation: Five British Artists,' in: Difference: On Representation and Sexuality, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1985

Tynan, Eirlys, 'Victor Burgin in Newcastle,' in: Studio International, 193, September/October 1976, pp. 225-226

-: 'Une manière de dire "Je constate",' with the editors, in: Sans Titre, n. 4, October/November/December 1991, pp. 1-2

Usitorppa, Harri, 'Ei kuvien takana vaan kaiken välissä,' in: Helsingin Sanomat, June 6, 1987

Walker, Linda Marie, 'Sideslipping,' in: BROADSHEET, v. 17, n. 1, Adelaide (Australia), March 1988, pp. 8-9
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