Bruce Nauman

1941 · United States

Artist biography

Bruce Nauman is an established artist, who originates from the United States. Bruce Nauman was born in 1941. Artists Chuck Close, Robert Mappelthorpe, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Andersen and Barbara Kruger are of the same generation and same country as Bruce Nauman.

About Bruce Nauman's work

Bruce Nauman is famous for producing digital work. Digital art can be categorized as dual - digital technology can be the medium used to create artworks, but it can also be the end in itself. In both instances, digital art entails that computer processing is involved in the production, or presentation, of the artwork. Sometimes referred to as “new-media art”, digital art essentially defies the borders between technology and art and allows the artists a new kind of freedom, never experienced before. Digital art can also involve installations, which offers the viewer an interactive experience. First introduced in the 1980s, with artists such as Harold Cohen and Andy Warhol as pioneers of the genre, digital art will keep evolving, as technology endlessly progresses and becomes more sophisticated.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bruce Nauman is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Sims Reed Gallery and Inigo Philbrick in London, and Galería La Caja Negra in Madrid. Bruce Nauman's work are currently exhibiting at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland with the exhibition (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020). Bruce Nauman's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; franklin parrasch gallery in the United States (05 December 2019 - 08 December 2019) with the name Art Basel Miami and Konrad Fischer Galerie | Düsseldorf in Germany (28 November 2019 - 27 March 2020) with the name The Technological Hand. Bruce Nauman's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Group Exhibition and took place at Galerie Jurgen Becker in Hamburg, Germany from the 31 May 2017 to 29 July 2017.

Bruce Nauman in private collections

There are four collectors in possession of art by Bruce Nauman at Artland. These collectors include Olivier Verhellen, Bérangère, and Ben Siow, who also has works by other artists including Qafar Rzayev, Sarah Derat, and Alessandro Simonini.

Bruce Nauman's Biographical Context

Bruce Nauman was born in 1941 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1960s in the early years of the artist's life. In the art sphere, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, embodying the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the foundations on which the production and reception of art were built. Getting inspired from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a revolutionary movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Simplicity and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly composed of polished, clean lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide fame through their depiction of the human form and the lament often associated with the human condition. worldwide, an important number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group espoused similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city thrived in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Bruce Nauman

  • Artworks in Collections 8
  • Exhibitions 21
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