Ian Burn

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Ian Burn (29 December 1939 – 29 September 1993) was an influential Australian conceptual artist. He was a notable member of the Art and Language group that flourished in the 1970s. Ian Burn was also an art writer, curator, and scholar.[1]


Ian Burn was born on 29 December 1939 in Geelong, Australia.

Burn studied art at the National School Of Art in Melbourne. He became affiliated with the Art and Language collective when he moved to London in 1964 and remained a part of the group when he moved to New York City in 1967. In 1977, Burn returned to Australia to teach at Sydney University.[2] Ian Burn drowned on 29 September 1993 while swimming in rough seas at Bawley Point, New South Wales.[3]

Notable work[edit]

"Xerox Book", 1968 - 100 iterative copies of a blank sheet of white paper on a Xerox 720, arranged in a book in the order they were created. The final pages in the series of copies were filled with black forms that had arisen slowly from the 'error' of the machine.[4]


  1. ^ "Ian Burn's Conceptualism", Art In America, December 1997. Accessed 11/12/08.
  2. ^ "Ian Burn, 53, Artist, Writer, and Founder of an Artists' Union" New York Times 9 October 1993 accessed 11/13/08 [1]
  3. ^ Centre for Australian Art,
  4. ^ Meyer, Ursula, Conceptual Art. Plume, 1st edition 19 February 1972

External links[edit]

  • Ian Burn's works at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Ian Burn's works at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Smith, Roberta (9 October 1993). "Ian Burn, 53, Artist, Writer and Founder Of an Artists' Union". New York Times. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  • Butler, Rex (3 March 2006). "Farewell to modernism". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. Retrieved 13 November 2008.[dead link]
  • [2] – A gallery of Ian Burn's art.