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Catalog: SPRING 2018 p. 3   

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Basel, Switzerland
Schaulager, 03/16/18–08/26/18

New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 10/21/18–03/17/19

New York
MoMA PS1, 10/21/18–03/24/19

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts

Edited by Kathy Halbreich, Isabel Friedli, Heidi Naef, Magnus Schaefer, Taylor Walsh. Text by Thomas Beard, Briony Fer, Nicolás Guagnini, Kathy Halbreich, Rachel Harrison, Ute Holl, Suzanne Hudson, Julia Keller, Liz Kotz, Ralph Lemon, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Lord, Roxana Marcoci, Magnus Schaefer, Felicity Scott, Martina Venanzoni, Taylor Walsh, Jeffrey Weiss.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts.'

With a magician’s sleight of hand, Nauman’s art makes disappearance visible

At 76 years old, Bruce Nauman is widely acknowledged as a central figure in contemporary art whose stringent questioning of values such as good and bad remains urgent today. Throughout his 50-year career, he has explored how mutable experiences of time, space, sound, movement and language provide an insecure foundation for our understanding of our place in the world.

This richly illustrated catalog offers a comprehensive view of Nauman’s work in all mediums, spanning drawings across the decades; early fiberglass sculptures; sound environments; architecturally scaled, participatory constructions; rhythmically blinking neons; and the most recent 3D video that harks back to one of his earliest performances. A wide range of authors—curators, artists and historians of art, architecture and film—focus on topics that have been largely neglected, such as the architectural models that posit real or imaginary sites as models for ethical inquiry and mechanisms of control. An introductory essay explores Nauman’s many acts of disappearance, withdrawal and deflection as central formal and intellectual concerns. The 18 other contributions discuss individual objects or themes that persist throughout the artist’s career, including the first extensive essay on Nauman as a photographer and the first detailed treatment on the role of color in his work. A narrative exhibition history traces his reception, and features a number of rare or previously unpublished images.


Bruce Nauman was born in Indiana in 1941 and raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied math, music and physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before switching his major to visual art, and received an MA in sculpture from the University of California, Davis, in 1966. In 1979 he moved to New Mexico, where he continues to reside. Nauman’s work has been the subject of two previous retrospectives, in 1972 and 1994. In 2009 he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, where he won the Golden Lion.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Art Newspaper

Kenneth Baker

a five-decade survey that appraises the magnitude of his improbable accomplishment and influence.

Cool Hunting

David Graver

Nauman's extraordinary catalogue … features artworks both iconic and obscure, large-scale and intangible…. everything one needs to understand Nauman's complex vision.

The New York Times

Farah Nayeri

The most influential American artist of this generation.

Artforum

Ken Okiishi

A master class in producing art, and in curating an exhibition, that confounds the impulse to make coherent statements about it. The more you try to explain its force, the more elusive its power becomes.

T Magazine

Nikil Saval

... he makes us participants in art that is hectoring, aggressive, buttonholing and violent, and fills us with a sense of complicity... when trapped in the mind of Bruce Nauman, there is no escape.

Wall Street Journal

Richard B. Woodward

Corralling a Lifetime of Creativity: Bruce Nauman has mixed sculpture, performance, drawing, photography, film, video and installation throughout his career; now, MoMA tries to find its through-line.

Artnet

Amassed from international institutions and collectors, and touch on ideas wrought in every imaginable medium over the course of the artist’s 50-year career.

WNYC

Deborah Solomon

If anything unites his disparate efforts in sculpture, drawing, photography, and video, surely it is his often-comic bleakness.

The New York Times

Holland Cotter

Nauman has done much to change the way we define what art is, and what is art.

Art in America

In videos, sculptures, and installations, Nauman has persistently used linguistic play and spatial manipulation to probe the fears and desires that underlie perception.

The New Yorker

Peter Schjeldahl

[Nauman's work] forms a discontinuous parade of creative brainstorms and engulfing installations, resulting in an ethical adventure as much as an aesthetic one.

New Yorker

Peter Schjeldahl

An adventure that is as much ethical as it is aesthetic.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/21/2018

Bruce Nauman, all thumbs

Bruce Nauman, all thumbs

The hand is a conspicuous motif in Bruce Nauman's oeuvre, Julia Keller writes in Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, published to accompany the career retrospective opening today at MoMA and MoMA PS1 in New York. "Whether in drawings, prints, photographs, casts or videos, Nauman repeatedly turns his hand into a focal point, examining it both as an artistic tool and as a metaphor for craft, sometimes within the same work. He breaks, however, with the traditional ideal of the artist as virtuoso: through simple gestures, and at times with a dash of humor, he points up the clumsiness of hands…" Featured image is All Thumbs (1996). continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/20/2018

Bruce Nauman and lies, catching and being caught

Bruce Nauman and lies, catching and being caught

"I was interested in the idea of lying, or not telling the truth," Bruce Nauman is quoted in Disappearing Acts, the catalogue to MoMA’s exceptional current Nauman retrospective. Essayist Jeffrey Weiss traces the etymology of the word "deceive," concluding that "‘the idea of lying’—that is, the concept of deception in Nauman’s work—is partly intrinsic to the work’s realization as object or device. Put differently, Nauman’s sculptural objects possess forms predetermined by functions; in turn, their implementation can be assigned to various types of taking—to holding and withholding, to containment and detainment. Language associates these actions with the state of having been defrauded, deluded or misled. The act of lying is figured by the physical action of catching or having caught." Featured image is Light Trap for Henry Moore, No. 1 (1967). continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/19/2018

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts opens at MoMA this weekend!

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts opens at MoMA this weekend!

“I am aware how foolhardy it is to try to prove anything about [Bruce] Nauman’s work, since his pursuit of truth crisscrosses, even depends upon deception, his abiding commitment to deception,” Kathy Halbreich writes in Disappearing Acts, the catalogue to the major Nauman retrospective opening this weekend at MoMA and MoMA PS1. “Perhaps the true artist, as defined by Nauman, is at least a partial illusionist. He uses lies forthrightly to introduce an unsettling elusiveness, leaving things open to multiple, often conflicted understandings. Freedom, he teaches us, can originate from uncertainty, as it mitigates against orthodoxy. Nauman’s act may be construed as a gentle way to expose us, in an ultimately unthreatening manner, to a not so gentle reality. Maybe that’s what true art does.” Featured image is Punch and Judy Birth & Life & Sex & Death (1985). continue to blog


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BRUCE NAUMAN: A CONTEMPORARY

Edited with text by Eva Ehninger. Text by Eric de Bruyn, Heather Diack, Sebastian Egenhofer, Stefan Neuner, Wolfram Pichler, Gloria Sutton.

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Pub Date: 2/27/2018
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