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Bruce Nauman Art

American, b. 1941
Life and work - via Wikipedia Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941) In the 1960s, Nauman began to exhibit his work at Nicholas Wilder's gallery in Los Angeles and in New York at Leo Castelli in 1968 along with early solo shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in 1972. Nauman's use of neon as a medium recurs in his works over the decades. He uses neon to make allusions to the numinous connotations of light, similar to Mario Merz, who used neon to bring new life to assemblages of mundane objects. Neon also connotes the public atmosphere by the means of advertising, and in his later works he uses it ironically with private, erotic imagery as seen in his Hanged Man (1985). His Self Portrait as a Fountain (1966) shows the artist spouting a stream of water from his mouth. At the end of the 1960s, Nauman began constructing claustrophobic and enclosed corridors and rooms that could be entered by visitors and which evoked the experience of being locked in and of being abandoned. A series of works inspired by one of the artist's dreams was brought together under the title of Dream Passage and created in 1983, 1984, and 1988. In his installation Changing Light Corridor with Rooms (1971), a long corridor is shrouded in darkness, whilst two rooms on either side are illuminated by bulbs that are timed to flash at different rates. Since the mid-1980s, primarily working with sculpture and video, Nauman developed disturbing psychological and physical themes incorporating images of animal and human body parts, depicting sadistic allusions to games and torture together with themes of surveillance. In 1988, after a hiatus of nearly two decades focused on time-based media, he resumed his work with cast objects.
(Biography provided by Todd Mauritz)
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Artist: Bruce Nauman
Fingers and Holes (Black and White)
By Bruce Nauman
Located in Hollywood, FL
Artist: Bruce Nauman Title: Fingers and Holes (Black and White) Size: 30 x 40 Inches Medium: Lithograph and Screenprint Edition: Edition of 50. AP #7/10 Year: 1994 Notes: Hand Signed, Dated and Numbered by the Artist in Pencil. Printed by Gemini Gel #36.34. From the collection of Brook Alexander Gallery, NYC. Fingers and Holes, a captivating artistic exploration initiated by Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941), originated from a unique challenge he set for himself. Using his non-dominant hand, he drew his right hand, and vice versa, meticulously annotating each sketch with the count of holes formed between the fingers. This seemingly simple endeavor evolved into a profound study of algebraic topology, a mathematical field investigating fundamental properties of distorted objects, such as solids and voids. Nauman ingeniously translated his anatomical sketches into this abstract language. In this realm of mathematical inquiry, seemingly dissimilar objects transform into one another. A coffee cup and a doughnut, for instance, are considered equivalents due to their shared characteristic of having an unbroken surface surrounding a single "hole," a concept known as homeomorphisms. Nauman's deep dive into topology revealed connections between disparate elements, encapsulated in his statement, “Things that don’t look alike morphose one into another.” However, Fingers and Holes goes beyond mathematical intricacies. It delves into the realm of transformation—topological, visual, and linguistic. The iconic "three fingers, one hole" gesture, a symbol of sexual intercourse in what Nauman referred to as "kids’ sign language," served as a pivotal motif. This gesture reappeared in various forms within the series, including daisy chain formations and overlays on clowns' handshakes, which Nauman identified through his exploration. The clowns in Nauman’s work epitomize ambiguity, embodying a spectrum from humor to threat. Their double handshakes, simultaneously obsequious and aggressive, mirror the complexities of human interactions. Nauman found inspiration in this ambiguity, appreciating the clowns for their enigmatic nature. By integrating the "three fingers, one hole" motif into the handshake of his clown prints...
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1990s Contemporary Bruce Nauman Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Bruce Nauman at Leo Castelli
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman at Leo Castelli, 1978 Offset Lithograph Poster 18 1/4 × 36 inches Unframed This Bruce Nauman poster was created on the occasion of his exhibition at the Leo...
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1970s Abstract Bruce Nauman Art

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Bruce Nauman catalogue from first exhibition at Leo Castelli, New York, 1968
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman, 1968 With notes by David Whitney paperback, 12 pages with card stock cover, staple bound: 44 black and white illustrations Pub...
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1960s Bruce Nauman Art

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Lithograph

Bruce Nauman: Holograms, Videotapes, and Other Works"), Leo Castelli
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Bruce Nauman Untitled (2-color lithograph, published in conjunction with the exhibition "Bruce Nauman: Holograms, Videotapes, and Other Works"), Leo Castelli, 1969 Lithograph 24 x 20...
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Lithograph

Normal Desires
By Bruce Nauman
Located in Irvine, CA
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil, 1973 Edition 40 of 50 Framed Publisher: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles Excellent condition
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1970s Conceptual Bruce Nauman Art

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Suck Cuts
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph on Arjomari paper. Printer's proof, aside from the edition of 34. Signed, dated and inscribed "P. P. II" in pencil by Nauman. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los A...
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1970s Contemporary Bruce Nauman Art

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I Learned Helplessness from Rats
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Frame size: 23 x 25 3/8 inches Catalogue Raisonne: Cordes 61 Edition size: 35, plus proofs Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Bruce Nauman Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Pearl Masque
By Bruce Nauman
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Pearl Masque is a 1981 lithograph by Bruce Nauman. Pearl Masque is from an edition of 50 plus artist and printers proofs. Pearl Masque is signed by...
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1980s Minimalist Bruce Nauman Art

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Proof of Pudding
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Frame size: 44 x 51 inches Printer and Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 18, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Cordes 31 Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower...
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Lithograph

M. Ampere
By Bruce Nauman
Located in London, GB
78.7 x 115 cm Signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 50.
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Silver Grotto/Yellow Grotto
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Printer and publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Catalogue raisonné: Cordes 36 Edition size: 20, plus proofs Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1970s Bruce Nauman Art

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Screen

Suck Cuts
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini G.E.L. Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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Late 20th Century Bruce Nauman Art

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Lithograph

Raw War
By Bruce Nauman
Located in London, GB
70.5 x 91.4 cm Signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 100 + 10 artist's proofs.
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1970s Bruce Nauman Art

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Lithograph

Raw War
By Bruce Nauman
Located in New York, NY
Publisher: Castelli Graphics, NY and Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles Edition size: 100, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Cordes 7 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
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1970s Contemporary Bruce Nauman Art

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Lithograph

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