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Victor Burgin (born 1941) is an
artist and a writer.
Burgin was born in Sheffield in
England. He studied art at the Royal College of Art, in London,from 1962
to 1965 (A.R.C.A., 1st Class, 1965) before going to the United States to
study at Yale University (M.F.A. 1967). He taught at Trent Polytechnic
from 1967 to 1973 and at the School of Communication, Polytechnic of
Central London from 1973 to 1988. From 1988 to 2001 Burgin lived and
worked in San Francisco . He taught in the History of Consciousness
program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he became
Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness]. In 2000 he was Robert
Gwathmey Chair in Art and Architecture, The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art, New York. In 2001, he was appointed
Millard Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of
London. Burgin has also taught at the European Graduate School in
Saas-Fee, Switzerland. In 2005 he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor
of Sheffield Hallam University (Hon. DUniv).
Burgin first came to attention
as a conceptual artist in the late 1960s. He has worked with photography
and film, calling painting "the anachronistic daubing of woven fabrics
with coloured mud". His work is influenced by theorists and philosophers
such as Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Roland Barthes.
In 1986, Burgin was nominated
for the Turner Prize for his exhibitions at the Institute of
Contemporary Arts and Kettle's Yard Gallery in Cambridge and for a
collection of his theoretical writings (The End of Art Theory) and a
monograph of his visual work (Between).