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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 Perfect Door, Perfect Odor, Perfect Rodo by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Perfect Door, Perfect Odor, Perfect Rodo

Christie's, London

March 18, 2015

$13,894  USD

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Bruce Nauman

Concrete Shaft 2/3 Underground

Christie's, New York

March 6, 2015

$52,500  USD

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Bruce Nauman

Violent Incident - Man/Woman Segment (Parkett Delu

Christie's, New York

March 6, 2015


 Untitled (New Museum Image) by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Untitled (New Museum Image)

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$3,250  USD

 Suspended Chair by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Suspended Chair

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$8,125  USD

 House Divided by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

House Divided

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$6,875  USD

 Floor Drain by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Floor Drain

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$7,500  USD

 Tone Mirror, from Mirrors of The Mind by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Tone Mirror, from Mirrors of The Mind

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$4,750  USD

 Clear Vision by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Clear Vision

Christie's, New York

February 12, 2015

$10,625  USD


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By Nicholas Forrest | March 20, 2015


If These Walls Could Talk

Feb 12 - Mar 28, 2015

Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York

Summer Sailing

Jul 10 - Sep 7, 2013

Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York

Bruce Nauman / mindfuck

Jan 30 - Mar 9, 2013

Hauser & Wirth, London

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Feb 23 - May 26, 2013

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