Jack Burnham, the American art critic and theorist who established the parameters of "systems" art - rooted in digital networks and natural structures - died at age eighty-seven. An early proponent of Conceptual and Ecological Art.
In 1970 Burnham organized "Software" Exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Subtitled "Information Technology: Its New Meaning for Art", this watershed exhibition juxtaposed computers with Conceptual works. Burnham's "Systems Esthetics" essay was included in the catalogue for Tate Modern's 2005 Exhibition "Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970."
"Dissolve into Comprehension" a Book of collected criticism and interviews edited by Melissa Ragain with Introduction by Hans Haacke, was published by MIT Press in 2015.