Nauman, Bruce


Nauman, Bruce

▪ American artist
born Dec. 6, 1941, Fort Wayne, Ind., U.S.

      American artist whose work in a broad range of mediums has made him a major figure in conceptual art.

      Nauman was educated at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.A., 1964), and the University of California, Davis (M.F.A., 1966), and became part of the burgeoning California art scene in the late 1960s. His Self Portrait as a Fountain (1966; original photograph destroyed, reissued 1970) showed the artist spouting a stream of water from his mouth. Witty and irreverent, Nauman tested the idea of art as a stable vehicle of communication and the role of the artist as revelatory communicator. The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (1967) sets those words in a spiral made of neon, revealing the wistful and subtle irony often encountered in his work, as the text's optimism and sense of cultural continuity is undermined by the implications of the florid neon.

      Nauman's interests led him to widely diverse materials; beyond photography, performance art, and neon tubing, he has also regularly produced drawings, videos, films, prints, installations, and sculptures in a range of mediums. The use of neon with words continued to intrigue him, and large wall installations such as One Hundred Live and Die (1984) impassively play out both the inevitability and the vacancy of language. Nauman also developed an interest in using casts of taxidermy forms to create variously stacked assemblages of wild deer, foxes, caribou, and other animals, sometimes dismembered and reassembled, evoking an uneasy intersection of civilization and the wild. He was awarded a Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. In 2004 he received a Praemium Imperiale award, presented by the Japan Art Association to “artists who have contributed significantly to the development of international arts and culture.”

Additional Reading
Joan Simon (ed.), Bruce Nauman (1994); Janet Kraynak (ed.), Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words (2003).

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