Bruce Nauman

Nationality: American

Birth Year: 1941


Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a contemporary American artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing and performance.

Nauman studied mathematics and physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and art with William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson at the University of California, Davis. He worked as an assistant to Wayne Thiebaud and in 1966 he became a teacher at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1968 he met the singer and performance artist Meredith Monk and signed with the dealer Leo Castelli. In the 1980s he moved to New Mexico. Much of his work is characterised by an interest in language which often manifests itself in a playful, mischievous manner. For example, the neon Run From Fear- Fun From Rear, or the photograph Bound To Fail which literalises the title phrase and shows the artist's arms tied behind his back. There are however, very serious concerns at the heart of the work. Nauman seems to be interested in the nature of communication and the inherent problems of language, as well as the role of the artist as supposed communicator and manipulator of visual language. Nauman received in 1993 the Wolf Prize in Arts (Israel) for his distinguished work as a sculptor and his extraordinary contribution to twentieth-century art. In 1999 he received the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he created his work Raw Materials at Tate Modern. ranked Nauman as the number one among living artist in 2006, followed by Gerhard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg.

Nauman cites Samuel Beckett, Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Cage, Philip Glass, La Monte Young and Meredith Monk as major influences on his work. Nauman was a part of the Process Art Movement.


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 Studies for Holograms A-E (Cordes 1-5) by Bruce Nauman

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Studies for Holograms A-E (Cordes 1-5)

Sotheby's, London

September 29, 2015

$18,940  USD

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Bruce Nauman

Eat Death

Bonhams, Knightsbridge

September 16, 2015

$1,939  USD

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Bruce Nauman


Christie's, New York

July 14, 2015


 New Museum Image by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

New Museum Image

Christie's, New York

July 14, 2015


 Caffiene Dreams by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Caffiene Dreams

Christie's, New York

July 14, 2015

$2,250  USD

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Bruce Nauman

Hanging Heads # 1 (Blue Andrew, Mouth Open / Red J

Phillips, London

June 29, 2015

$2,772,236  USD

 The Negative Shape of the Right Half of my Body Carved into a Living Tree by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

The Negative Shape of the Right Half of my Body Ca

Phillips, New York

May 15, 2015


 Soft Ground by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Soft Ground

Piasa, Paris

April 29, 2015

$1,135  USD

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Bruce Nauman

Life Fly Lifes Flies

Doyle New York, New York

April 28, 2015

$1,875  USD


Bruce Nauman’s Pivotal Prints at Sims Reed Gallery in London

By Nicholas Forrest | July 6, 2015

“Bruce Nauman Prints 1970 – 2006” at London’s Sims Reed Gallery offers a fascinating insight into renowned American artist Bruce Nauman’s intriguing printmaking practice that the exhibition...

Gerhard Richter Leads Kunstkompass Ranking for Top 100 International Artists

By BLOUIN ARTINFO | March 25, 2015

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“My Body Is the Event”: Mumok Revisits Viennese Actionism

By Lisa Contag | March 9, 2015

Blood, feces, nudity and dead animals were among the elements frequently used by the members of Viennese Actionism, perhaps the most violent avant-garde art movement of the 1960s and...

Modern Painters Presents 25 Artists to Watch in 2014: Part 2 of 2

By Modern Painters | December 12, 2013

“25 Artists to Watch” is published in the December 2013 issue of Modern Painters, and has run online in two parts. For Part 1 of the feature, with an introduction of the selection process and the...

Education for the Nation: First Warhol MOOC to Launch Next Year

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By Joseph Henry | November 27, 2013

All the promotion needed for “twohundredfiftysixcolors,” a new film by Chicago artists Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus, might be in its tagline: “an experimental feature film made entirely of...

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Bruce Nauman Prints 1970 – 2006 at Sims Reed

By Nicholas Forrest | July 6, 2015

Phillips Contemporary Art Evening Sale

By Regina Mogilevskaya | June 29, 2015

Bruce Nauman: Selected Works at Gagosian Paris

By Nicholas Forrest | May 26, 2015

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collision

By Nicholas Forrest | April 8, 2015

Bruce Nauman at the Fondation Cartier in Paris

By Nicholas Forrest | March 20, 2015