14 Art World “Bad Boys” Whose Macho Work Was Impossible to Ignore

Chris Burden Chris Burden, 747, Card, 1973 James Fuentes

At the height of Performance Art, University of California Irvine student Chris Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. He titled the action Shoot (1971). The friend was supposed to just graze the artist’s skin. Instead, the bullet passed straight through. (Two years later, Burden would stage a second gun-related art outing; he went to LAX and shot at a plane flying overhead, calling the performance 747.)