Artists Bruce Nauman

  • Male (Figure 1 - Seven Figures), 1985
    Coloured pencil & graphite on two joined sheets of paper
    97 x 254 cm. (38 x 99 in.)

  • Male (Figure 1 - Seven Figures), 1985
    Coloured pencil & graphite on two joined sheets of paper
    97 x 254 cm. (38 x 99 in.)

  • Untitled, Hand Pair, No L, 1996
    White bronze
    50 x 12 x 15 cm. (19 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 6 in.)
    1 of 2 Editions

Bruce Nauman (born 1941, Fort Wayne, Indiana) has long been recognised as one of America’s most influential and provocative artists. His work, an ever evolving, multi-disciplinary practice, defies categorisation on a literal level, and instead, takes its focus from human psychology and experience. Nauman’s installations form crucial parts of many of the world’s most prestigious museums; Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland, Pompidou Centre, Paris, The Guggenheim in New York and the Tate Modern all feature his work.

Nauman has also represented the United States on multiple occasions, receiving the Golden Lion for his Venice pavilion in 2009. Nauman lives and works in New Mexico.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris: ‘Bruce Nauman’
Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia: 'Case Study. Body, space and time in Bruce Nauman'

Hauser & Wirth, London: 'Bruce Nauman/ mindfuck' 

Museum of Modern Art, New York: ‘Bruce Nauman: Days’

Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdouski Castle: 'Bruce Nauman: Nie/No'
United States Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale, Venice: ‘Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, 53’

Tate, Liverpool: 'Bruce Nauman: Make me, Think me’
Milwarkee Art Museum: 'Bruce Nauman Works with Light'

Tate Modern, London: ‘Unilever Series: Bruce Nauman – Raw Materials’

Deutche Guggenheim, Berlin: ‘Works’

Tate Modern, London: 'Turbine Installation'
DIA Centre for Arts: ‘Works’

Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis: 'Nauman Retrospective'

Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg: 'Nauman Retrospective'
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: ‘Nauman Retrospective'

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: ‘Bruce Nauman’

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: ‘Bruce Nauman: Video, 1965-1986’

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore: ‘Bruce Nauman: Neons’

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Los Angeles: ‘Bruce Nauman: Works from 1965 to 1972’

Further Reading

Peter Plagens, Bruce Naumen: The True Artist, Phaidon Press, London 2014.
Philip Larratt-Smith, Bruce Nauman: Mindfuck, Hauser & Wirth, London 2013. 
Carlos Basualdo, Erica F. Battle, Marco De Michelis and Michael R. Taylor, Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia 2009. 
Lynne Cook eds., Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think Me, exh. cat., Tate Liverpool, London 2006.
Janet Kraynak, Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman’s Words, MIT Press, Cambridge Massachusetts 2003. 
Ingrid Schaffner and Jill Snyder, Bruce Nauman, 1985-1996: Drawings, Prints, and Related Works, exh. cat., Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield 1997.
Lucinda Barnes eds., Bruce Nauman: Elliot’s Stone, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 1995.

Selected Public Collections

Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
Buffalo Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.
Capc Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 
Museum of Art, Dallas.
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. 
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. 
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Naoshima, Japan. 
Pinault Collection, Paris, France.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam. 
Tate Modern, London.
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.