A.K. Burns

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Born in 1975 in Capitola (USA). Lives and works in Brooklyn (USA).
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A.K. Burns’s interdisciplinary practice explores the body as a contentious domain where social, political, and material forces collide. Engaging deeply with questions of materiality and (re)production, Burns examines how the «deployment of power» is connected to the body, its functions, physiological processes, sensations, and pleasures. For Burns, the body is not an object with inherent boundaries and properties but multifaceted and porous, permeating and penetrated by its surroundings. These inquiries take shape as visually seductive and socially critical videos, sculptures, writing, sound, drawings, and collages.

A.K. Burns’ work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Julia Stoschek Collection (Düsseldorf/Berlin), New Museum (New York), Tate Modern (London), MOMA - Museum of Modern Art (New York), Sculpture Center (New York), The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), MET - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt am Main), SOMArts (San Francisco), ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Leslie-Lhman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), KADIST (San Francisco), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Human Resources (Los Angeles), The LGBT Community Center (New York).

Burns received in 2021 the Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts and Art Awards Purchase Program from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2018 the New York Foundation for the Arts - NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, in 2016-17 the Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and a recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award.

Her work is part of prestigious collections as Guggenheim Museum (New York), American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection - MoMA (New York), Film & Video Archive - MoMA (New York), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art Library (New York), FRAC - Pays De La Loire (Carquefou).


 

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Konbini

A.K Burns

October 2020

Sortir à Paris

A.K Burns

October 2020

The New York Times Magazine

A.K.Burns

April 2020

Artforum

A.K. Burns - Julia Stoschek Collection

March 2020

In rock uptibles

Les 5 expos à ne pas manquer en février

February 2020

artnet

The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked: Part 4

January 2020

SoFA

W.A.G.E. an interview with A.K. Burns

January 2020

Deutschlandfunk

Der amerikanische Albtraum

September 2019

The New York Times Style Magazine

The 25 Works of Art That Define the Contemporary Age

July 2019

Artforum

The Artists' Artists

December 2018

them

This Queer Artist's Latest Work Shows Public Art's Complicated Link to Gentrification

August 2018

Artforum

Down in front

July 2018

Paris L.A.

A. K. Burns

February 2018

The New York Times

A. K. Burns

September 2017

Dazed

A. K. Burns

September 2017

Le Beau Vice

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May 2017

Artforum

A. K. Burns

May 2017

frieze

A. K. Burns

April 2017

The Art Newspaper

A. K. Burns

April 2017

Artforum

A. K. Burns

March 2017

The Highlighter

A. K. Burns

January 2017

Artspace

A. K. Burns

January 2017

Artforum

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September 2016

Mousse

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April 2016

The Brooklyn Rail

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February 2016

Publications



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A.K. Burns

Zero - A.K. Burns on Nancy Holt

March 2019
Publisher: Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
ISBN 978-0-578-47161-7

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