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Victor Burgin, UK 76 (detail), 1976/2016, eleven ink-jet prints, each 40 × 60".

Victor Burgin

Bridget Donahue

Victor Burgin, UK 76 (detail), 1976/2016, eleven ink-jet prints, each 40 × 60".

Victor Burgin is an artist who has persistently sought a kind of penetrating cultural analysis in his practice, whether you consider his wide-ranging, often-difficult theoretical writing, or the conceptual photography and video work for which he is also known. The target of that analysis has often been media itself, from his early efforts to reimagine advertising and photojournalism to more recent experiments with virtual worlds and three-dimensional rendering. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Burgin is part of a generation of Conceptual artists with a special orientation to critical documentary—he’s closer in spirit to Martha Rosler and Mary Kelly than he is to such first-generation Conceptualists as Lawrence Weiner and Joseph Kosuth—and likewise has been guided by certain sustained political commitments in much of his output. His work, however, is occasionally less

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