Bruce Nauman

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Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1941, Bruce Nauman received his BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964, and his MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 1966. Nauman is widely regarded as among the most important living American artists and as a catalyst for the recent shift in international artistic practice toward conceptual and performative uses of language and the body. Since his first solo gallery show in 1966, Nauman has been the subject of many notable museum exhibitions. His first survey was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1972) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1973). A survey took place at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Basel and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1986-1987). A major retrospective, co-organized by The Walker Art Center and the Hirshhorn Museum, opened at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and travelled to Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Kunsthaus Zurich (1993-1995). Recent solo exhibitions include “Raw Materials,” commissioned for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (2004), and “A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s” at the Berkeley Art Museum, Castello di Rivoli, and Menil Collection (2007-2008). In 2015, the Fondation Cartier presented an exhibition focused on video and sound sculptures. “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” a comprehensive retrospective, will open at Schaulager Basel in March 2018 and will travel to the Museum of Modern Art, New York in October 2018. Nauman received the Wolf Foundation Prize in Arts in 1993, the Wexner Prize in 1994, the Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2004 in Japan. Nauman represented the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale; the pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Nauman was the 2014 laureate of the Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize. Since his first exhibition at Sperone Westwater in 1976, Nauman has exhibited regularly at the gallery (1982, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2016).

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Bruce Nauman
Pencil Lift/Mr. Rogers, 2013
HD video installation (color, mono sound, continuous play, asynchronous loop) 2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 2 speakers
Pencil Lift: 3 minutes 57 seconds
Mr. Rogers: 46 seconds (full length of loop: 30 minutes, 1 second)
SW 13350

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Bruce Nauman
Thumb Start, 2013
HD video installation (color, mono sound, continuous play, synchronous loop) 2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 2 speakers
4 minutes 21 seconds
SW 13351

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Bruce Nauman
4th Finger Start, 2013
HD video installation (color, mono sound, continuous play, synchronous loop) 2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 2 speakers
5 minutes 37 seconds
SW 13352

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Bruce Nauman
Bullet Illusion/Pencil Illusion, 2013
HD video installation (color, mono sound, continuous play, asynchronous loop) 2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 2 speakers
Bullet Illusion: 1 minute 10 seconds
Pencil Illusion:1 minute 5 seconds
SW 13353

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Bruce Nauman
For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and finger), 2010
HD video installation (color, stereo sound), continuous play
2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 4 speakers
dimensions variable
SW 10313a-b

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Bruce Nauman
For Children/For Beginners, 2009
graphite on paper; 2 parts
30 1/4 x 22 inches each (76,8 x 55,9 cm)
32 5/8 x 24 1/4 inches (82,9 x 61,6 cm) each frame
SW 10025a-b

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Bruce Nauman
Studio Mix, 2010
HD video installation (color, stereo sound), 1 HD video source, 1 HD video projector, 1 suspended rear projection panel, 2 hidden speakers
Edition of 3
SW 10316
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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Bruce Nauman
Cones Cojones, 1973-75
Installation and text
Installation: masking tape ( 1 1/2 and 2 inch wide tape required for installation)
diameter 312 inches (792,5 cm)
Text:
"Cones," 1974
collage with typedwritten text and graphite on paper
39 15/16 x 25 15/16 in. (101.4 x 65.9 cm.) sheet
43 x 29 inches (109.2 x 73.7 cm.)frame
"Cojones," 1974
collage with typedwritten text and graphite on paper
39 15/16 x 25 15/16 in. (101.4 x 65.9 cm.) sheet
43 x 29 inches (109.2 x 73.7 cm.) frame
SW 98240
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Bruce Nauman
Cones Cojones, 1973-75
Installation and text
Installation: masking tape ( 1 1/2 and 2 inch wide tape required for installation)
diameter 312 inches (792,5 cm)
Text:
"Cones," 1974
collage with typedwritten text and graphite on paper
39 15/16 x 25 15/16 in. (101.4 x 65.9 cm.) sheet
43 x 29 inches (109.2 x 73.7 cm.)frame
"Cojones," 1974
collage with typedwritten text and graphite on paper
39 15/16 x 25 15/16 in. (101.4 x 65.9 cm.) sheet
43 x 29 inches (109.2 x 73.7 cm.) frame
SW 98240
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Left or Standing, Standing or Left Standing at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth), 1998
graphite and colored pencil on paper
26 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches (66,7 x 101 cm) sheet
29 x 42 3/8 inches (73,7 x 107,6 cm) frame
SW 99143

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Consummate Mask of Rock), 1975
graphite on paper
30 x 39 3/4 inches (76,2 x 101,4 cm) sheet
33 7/8 x 43 7/8 x 1 3/4 inches (86 x 111,4 x 4,4 cm) frame
SW 97301

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Natural Light, Blue Light Room at Ace Gallery), 1971
graphite and crayon on paper
18 x 24 inches (45,1 x 61 cm) sheet
20 5/8 x 26 5/8 inches (52,4 x 67,6 cm) frame
SW 97293

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Corridor Installation with Mirror - San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror "mirror 5'5" high")), 1971
graphite on paper
23 x 29 inches (58,4 x 73,7 cm) sheet
25 5/8 x 31 5/8 inches (65 x 80 cm) frame
SW 88132

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Hayward Gallery Parallax Room "Paralax room - Top view"), 1971
graphite and colored pencil on paper
18 x 24 inches (45 x 61 cm) sheet
20 5/8 x 26 5/8 inches (52,4 x 68 cm) frame
SW 80162

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Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Study for Model for Underground Space: Saucer), 1968-72
graphite, chalk pastel and ink on paper
23 x 29 inches (58,4 x 73,7 cm) sheet
25 5/8 x 31 5/8 inches (65 x 80 cm) frame
SW 97299

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Bruce Nauman
MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage), 2001
7 DVDs, 7 DVD players, 7 projectors, 7 pairs of speakers
05:45:00 - each DVD (color, sound)
dimensions variable
SW 02001
Collection of The Tate, London, England

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Bruce Nauman
MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) All Action Edit, 2001
7 DVDs, 7 DVD players, 7 projectors, 7 pairs of speakers
SW 02160
Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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Bruce Nauman
OFFICE EDIT II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) Mapping the Studio, 2001
DVD, (color, sound)
51:44 min.
Edition of 6
SW 02158
Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

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Bruce Nauman
World Peace (Projected), 1996
5 video discs, 5 video projectors, 5 video disc players, 5 pairs of auxiliary speakers, 5 amplifiers, remote control, 6 utility carts
room size: 30 x 36 feet maximum
SW 96377
Collection of The Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

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Bruce Nauman
World Peace (Received), 1996
5 video discs, 5 monitors, 5 video disc players, 5 video switchers, remote control, stool, 6 utility carts
126 inches diameter approx.
SW 96378
Collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum

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Bruce Nauman
Fifteen Pairs of Hands, 1996
white bronze with painted steel base, edition Artist Proof
15 parts each: approx. 52 x 12 x 12 inches
SW 07162
Glenstone

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Bruce Nauman
All Thumbs, 1996
graphite and masking tape on paper
22 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches (56.5 x 76.5 cm.) sheet
24 1/4 x 32 inches (61.6 x 81.3 cm.) frame
SW 96333
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
World Peace (Received), 1996
collaged polaroids and graphite on paper
22 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches (56,5 x 76,5 cm) sheet
24 1/4 x 32 inches (61,6 x 81,3 cm) frame
SW 96334

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Bruce Nauman
World Peace (Projected), 1996
collaged video prints and graphite on paper
22 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches (56,5 x 76,5 cm) sheet
24 1/4 x 32 inches (61,6 x 81,3 cm) frame
SW 96335
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
Shadow Puppets and Instructed Mime, 1990
6 videos, 4 monitors, 4 projectors, 2 booths, 3 wax heads, wire and wood
variable
SW 90071
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
BESIDE/YOURSELF/BEHIND/YOURSELF, 1989
graphite, tape, and tempera on paper
53 1/2 x 41 3/4 in. (136 x 106 cm.) frame
50 x 38 1/4 in. irr. (127 x 97 cm. irr.) image
SW 90070
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
DEAF/EAT, 1989
graphite on paper
40 x 26 1/4 inches (101,6 x 66,7 cm) sheet
42 3/4 x 29 inches (108,6 x 73,6 cm) frame
SW 90068
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
DEAF DUMB BLIND, 1989
Graphite on paper
Image: 40 x 26 1/2 in . (101.6 x 67 cm.)
Frame: 42 7/8 x 29 1/8 in. (108.5 x 74 cm.)
SW 90083
Private Collection

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Bruce Nauman
Elliott's Stones, 1989
Granite
Six stones; 3 3/4 x 39 7/8 x 25 5/8 inches (9,5 x 101,3 x 65,1 cm) each
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.2.a-f

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Bruce Nauman
Hanging Carousel (George Skins A Fox), 1988
Steel, polyurethane, foam, monitor
17' diameter and 74 1/2" from floor
SW 88139
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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Bruce Nauman
Carousel (Stainless Steel Version), 1988
Steel, cast aluminium, and Urethane foam
Diameter: 18'; Height: 7'
SW 88249
Glenstone

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Bruce Nauman
Model For Stadium, 1984
Wood and plaster
29 1/2  x 65 x 93 1/2 in.
SW 84110
Collection of Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

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Bruce Nauman
White Anger, Red Danger, Yellow Peril, Black Death, 1984
steel and 4 spray-painted chairs
approximately 14'
SW 84105
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Bruce Nauman
South America Triangle, 1981
steel and cast iron
168 in. (426.7 cm)
SW 82009
Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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Bruce Nauman
South America Circle, 1981
steel, cast iron, and wire
168 in. (426.7 cm)
SWF 82.8
Collection The Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles

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Bruce Nauman
Double Steel Cage, 1974
steel
84 x 162 x 198 in. (213,4 x 411,5 x 502,9 cm)
Collection of Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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Bruce Nauman
Diamond Mind II, 1975
plaster for stone
15 x 15 x 15 in. each (38,1 x 38,1 x 38,1 cm)

Artist exhibitions

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Bruce Nauman
Contrapposto Studies, i through vii
10 September – 29 October 2016
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Signs/Words
15 January - 11 April 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Sculpture
8 July - 15 August 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
Some Illusions: Videos and Drawings
7 November - 21 December 2013
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
For Children / For Beginners
11 November - 18 December 2010
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Zig Zag
17 September – 31 October 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Sculpture Show
Works by: Bertozzi & Casoni, Wim Delvoye, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Tom Sachs, Not Vital, and more…
25 June - 4 September 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
Topological Gardens
7 June - 22 November 2009
American Pavilion La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
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Bruce Nauman
Sculpture, Hologram & Video
16 August - 6 December 2008
Sperone Westwater, Sent
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Summer Exhibition
8 July - 5 September 2008
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
Drawings for Installations
19 February - 29 March 2008
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
Bertozzi & Casoni, Lucio Fontana, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital
12 June - 31 August 2007
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
MAPPING THE STUDIO II (Fat Chance John Cage)
8 June - 27 July 2002
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Green on Greene
1 November - 15 December 2001
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Sculpture
Anselmo, Boetti, Laib, Merz, Nauman, Paolini, Pistoletto, Vital, Zorio
13 September – 18 October 1997
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
World Peace
2 November - 14 December 1996
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Bruce Nauman
3 March – 24 March 1990
Sperone Westwater, New York
Bruce Nauman
New Prints
January 1989
Sperone Westwater, New York
Bruce Nauman
10 September - 15 October 1988
Sperone Westwater, New York
Bruce Nauman
6 October - 3 November 1984
Sperone Westwater, New York
Merz, Nauman, Singer, Venezia
14 May - 18 June 1983
Sperone Westwater, New York
Bruce Nauman
30 October - 27 November 1976
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist press

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“Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts”
by Thomas Crow
January 2018
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Minimalism: Paris Exhibition Celebrates Bruce Nauman
By Jackie Wullschlager
20 March 2015
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Bruce Nauman Review: An Electrifying Carousel of Ideas
By Adrian Searle
16 March 2015
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Bruce Nauman, Sperone Westwater
By Ida Panicelli
February 2014
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Bruce Nauman: Some Illusions: Videos and Drawings
By Andrew Russeth
3 December 2013
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Cat Video Masterpiece?
By Blake Gopnik
27 November 2013
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Bruce Nauman
By Peter Schjeldahl
25 November 2013