Gagosian New York displays one of the late Chris Burden’s last works. Buddha’s Fingers (2014–15) is a dense cluster of 32 antique cast-iron vernacular street lamps, electrified with cool, bright LED bulbs and standing almost 12 feet tall. In 2000, Burden began collecting the street lamps that used to line residential streets in Los Angeles during the 1920s and 1930s, and repurposed them as sculptural installations. In Buddha’s Fingers, the hexagonal lamp bases are set in a tight honeycomb formation. The whimsical title refers to the fingered citrus fruit “buddha’s hand,” a recurrent still-life motif and subject in classical Asian art, and a religious symbol of happiness, longevity, and good fortune.
Until 20 February.