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Abstract

This paper serves as a comparison between two specific works by the artists Piet Mondrian and Chris Burden. Although born in different centuries, both artists were especially influenced by the cities in which they lived and worked. While Mondrian lived in New York City for a few years in the early 1940s until his death, Burden had a lifelong career in the Los Angeles area. By looking at an influential example from each artist’s oeuvre, it can be better understood how the distinct characteristics of the two cities directly impacted each artist’s life and influenced their work. Although the art discussed is specifically related to both Mondrian’s and Burden’s location at the time in which it was created, each piece also fits within the arch of their careers. The juxtaposition between the two examples shows how artists are affected by the individual qualities of differing cities and how artists incorporate the resulting inspiration into their own respective practices.

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