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Born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bruce Nauman has been recognized since the early 1970s as one of the most innovative and provocative of America’s contemporary artists. Nauman finds inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of everyday life. Confronted with “What to do?” in his studio soon after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964 with a BFA, and then the University of California, Davis in 1966 with an MFA, Nauman had the simple but profound realization that “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.” Working in the diverse mediums of sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance, and installation, Nauman concentrates less on the development of a characteristic style and more on the way in which a process or activity can transform or become a work of art. A survey of his diverse output demonstrates the alternately political, prosaic, spiritual, and crass methods by which Nauman examines life in all its gory details, mapping the human arc between life and death. The text from an early neon work proclaims: “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths.” Whether or not we—or even Nauman—agree with this statement, the underlying subtext of the piece emphasizes the way in which the audience, artist, and culture at large are involved in the resonance a work of art will ultimately have. Nauman lives in New Mexico.
23 Selected Statements
      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Setting a Good Corner Video - USA Edit
Violin Tuned D.E.A.D Video - Edit
Thighing (Blue) Video USA 1967 USA Edit
Bouncing Two Balls Between the Floor and Ceiling with Changing Rhythms Video USA 1967 USA Edit
Playing A Note on the Violin While I Walk Around the Studio Video USA 1967 USA Edit
Violin Film # 1 (Playing The Violin As Fast As I Can) Video USA 1967 USA Edit
Steel Channel Piece Sound Sculpture 1968 USA Edit
6 Day Week Performance 1968 Germany Edit
Soundtrack from First Violin Film - Soundtrack from 1st Violin Film. Published by Tanglewood Press, edition of 100. The album cover silkscreened with images of the artist capturedfrom the 1968 videotape Stamping In The Studio. 1969 USA Edit
Violin Problem No. 2 - Tanglewood Press, edition of 100. The album cover silkscreened with images of the artist capturedfrom the 1968 videotape Stamping In The Studio. 1969 USA Edit
Lip Sync Video - 1969 USA Edit
Rhythmic Stamping (Four Rhythms in Preparation for Video Tape Problems) - Tanglewood Press, edition of 100. The album cover silkscreened with images of the artist capturedfrom the 1968 videotape Stamping In The Studio. 1969 USA Edit
Clown Torture Installation - 1987 USA Edit
Raw Material – BRRR Installation - 1990 USA Edit
Anthro-Socio Installation - 1992 Germany Edit
Raw Materials Installation Tate Modern, London 2004 England Edit
One Hundred Fish Fountain Installation Donald Young Gallery 2005 USA Edit
unknown work Exhibition Inventur. Samlung Herbert, Kunsthaus Graz 2006 Austria Edit
unknown work Exhibition La sphère punk, Le Magasin, Grenoble 2006 France Edit
unknown work Exhibition Los Angeles 1955-1985, April-September 2006, Centre Pompidou, Paris 2006 USA Edit
unknown work Exhibition Whitney Biennale 2006, March-July 2006, Whitney Museum, New York 2006 USA Edit
unknown work Exhibition Without boundary, February-May 2006, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2006 USA Edit
Square Depression Sculptural Installation Skulptur.Projekte in Münster 2007 Germany Edit