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, debuted at Schaulager, Basel in March 2018 and traveled to The Museum of Modern Art, New York and MoMA P.S.1 where it will be on view until February 2019. 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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Vernissage TV's video tour of "Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts" from the press preview at Schaulager, Basel, March 15, 2018. For an extended video tour, visit https://vernissage.tv/2018/03/19/bruce-nauman-disappearing-acts-schaulager-basel/

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, the Artist’s Artist
by Nikil Saval
21 October 2018
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Bruce Nauman Reappears: Pay Attention
by Holland Cotter
19 October 2018
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Doing Justice to the Art of Bruce Nauman
by Farah Nayeri
12 June 2018
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Bruce Nauman Disappearing Acts
by Robert Storr
June 2018
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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
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