Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

American, b. 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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 Double Poke in the Eye II by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Double Poke in the Eye II

Christie's, New York

November 13, 2014

$461,000  USD

 Template of the Left Half of My Body by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Template of the Left Half of My Body

Christie's, New York

November 13, 2014

$149,000  USD

 Study for Body Measurement Piece by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Study for Body Measurement Piece

Christie's, New York

November 13, 2014


 Good Boy Bad Boy by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Good Boy Bad Boy

Christie's, New York

November 13, 2014

$269,000  USD

 Untitled by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman


Christie's, New York

November 13, 2014

$137,000  USD

 William T. Wiley or Ray Johnson Trap by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

William T. Wiley or Ray Johnson Trap

Christie's, New York

November 12, 2014

$665,000  USD


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

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Jan 30 - Mar 9, 2013

Hauser & Wirth, London

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Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main


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