Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

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This anthology of criticism focuses on the work of multimedia artist Bruce Nauman from a performative and new media perspective. Art historian Morgan's introduction is followed by 15 essays on such topics as Nauman's artistic investigation of his own body. The volume also features 12 reviews of Nauman's work, 5 interviews with the artist, and 10 selections from his own writings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

"From the beginning I was trying to see if I could make art that did that. Art that was just there all at once. Like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better yet, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming; it just knocks you down. I like that idea very much: the kind of intensity that doesn't give you any trace of whether you're going to like it or not."—Bruce Nauman

"Bruce Nauman's art is about heightened awareness, awareness of spaces we usually don't notice (the one under the chair, out of which he made a sculpture) and sounds we don't listen for (the one in the coffin), awareness of emotions we suppress or dread... It's hard to feel indifferent to work like his."—Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

One of America's most important artists, Bruce Nauman has worked in a dazzling variety of media since the mid-1960s: sculpture, photography, performance, installation, sound, holography, film, and video. What has been a constant throughout his career, however, is his persistence in exploring both art as an investigation of the self and the power of language to define that self.

The latest volume in the acclaimed Art + Performance series is the first book to combine the key critical writings on Nauman with the artist's own writings and interviews with him, as well as images of his work. Bruce Nauman offers a multifaceted portrait of an artist whose determination to experiment with style and form has created a body of work as eclectic and perhaps more influential than that of any other living American artist.

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780801869068
Branch Call Number: 700.92 NAUMA BRUCE
Characteristics: xii, 394 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Morgan, Robert C. 1943-


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Jul 06, 2017

Bruce Nauman is an artist who does not stick to one medium or idea. This volume includes some interviews with the artist. Joan Simon's comments and questions are particularly incisive.


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