Bruce Nauman. The True Artist
Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) is one of the most innovative, provocative and influential artists working today. His pioneering explorations of sculpture, performance, sound, video and installations always questioning the role of the artist have broken new ground and inspired innumerable artists careers.
Confronted with what to do in his studio soon after graduating, Nauman had the simple but profound realization that If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product. Exploring Naumans relationship to the place where he creates his strikingly original works, Bruce Nauman: The True Artist retraces back to the artists youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana, his graduate work at the University of California, Davis, through to the present day. Naumans continual search for new means and sources of expression have led him to experiment with a very wide variety of medium (photography, performance, sculpture, installations, video, neon sign, and sound) as well as to explore the relationship between words and images. Naumans apotheosis as one of the worlds most highly lauded artists came as he was ranked No. 1 in the world by Artfacts.net in 2006, and he was the sole US representative in the American Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
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