Bruce Nauman  (American, 1941) 

Bruce Nauman (American, b.1941) is an artist known for his use of diverse materials and mediums to create installations, sculptures, and a variety of other conceptually based works. Primary concerns in his work include language, wordplay, miscommunication, social spaces, and studio practice. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nauman originally studied mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, eventually shifting his focus towards art, and received his BFA in 1964. Two years later Nauman received his MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1966, where he studied under the artist William T. Wiley.

Generally recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the 1970s, he was a central figure in the development of Post-Minimal and Conceptual art, and a pioneer in the use of neon and video in art. Primary concerns in his work include language, wordplay, miscommunication, and the nature of social spaces. He currently lives and works in New Mexico with his fellow artist and spouse, Susan Rothenberg.

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Bruce Nauman, Walk with Contrapposto


Bruce Nauman
Walk with Contrapposto

Auction: May 3, 2014
Dr. Andreas Sturies
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Bruce Nauman, Violent Incident - Man/Woman


Bruce Nauman
Violent Incident - Man/Woman

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Phillips New York
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Bruce Nauman, Learned Helplessness in Rats


Bruce Nauman
Learned Helplessness in Rats

Susan Sheehan Gallery
Bruce Nauman, Oiled Dead


Bruce Nauman
Oiled Dead

Susan Sheehan Gallery
Bruce Nauman, Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor)


Bruce Nauman
Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor)

PKM Gallery
Bruce Nauman, Untitled (Maquette for 5'8" Figure)


Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Maquette for 5'8" Figure)

PKM Gallery
Bruce Nauman, Dance or Exercise in the Perimeter of a Square


Bruce Nauman
Dance or Exercise in the Perimeter of a Square

PKM Gallery
Bruce Nauman, Raw War, 1971


Bruce Nauman
Raw War, 1971

Lisa Jacobs Fine Art
Bruce Nauman, Verso-Recto (State I)


Bruce Nauman
Verso-Recto (State I)

Dean Jensen Gallery
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Bruce Nauman, Pay Attention


Bruce Nauman
Pay Attention, 1973


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Bruce Nauman, Vino Rosso


Bruce Nauman
Vino Rosso, 1987


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Bruce Nauman, Soft Ground


Bruce Nauman
Soft Ground, 2006


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1941   Born in Fort Wayne, IN
1960 - 1964   University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI
1964 - 1966   MFA, University of California, Davis, CA
1966 - 1968   Taught at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
NEA Grant, Artistic Fellowship Award, Washington, DC
1970   Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies Grant
Taught sculpture. University of California. Irvine, CA.
1986   Skowhegan Award, Skowhegan, ME
1989   Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute
married artist Susan Rothenberg
1991   Max Beckmann Award from the City of Frankfurt, Germany
1993   Wexner Prize
Wolf Foundation Prize in Arts (Sculpture), Herzlia, Israel
Alumni Citation for Excellence, University of California, Davis, California
1995   Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Aldrich Prize, Aldrich Museum Ridgefield, CT
1997   Member, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
1999   Leone d'oro (The Golden Lion) 48th Venice Biennale, Italy
2000   Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York
Honorary Doctor of Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
2004   Praemium Imperiale Prize for Visual Arts, Japan
Beaux-Arts Magazine Art Awards: Best International Artist, Paris
2009   American representative to the 2009 Venice Biennale
  Lives and works in New Mexico
2013   Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2013   Video Vintage 1963-1983 - Beirut Art Center, Beirut Send message
2013   Tenth Anniversary Acquisitions - The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
2013   Bruce Nauman - Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg (solo)
2013   Move: Art And Dance Since 1960s - National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon
2013   Besser scheitern - Film + Video - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2012   Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (solo)
2012   Inside the White Cube”, White Cube, London (solo)
2012   nfrared Outtakes, Soft Ground Etchings, and Crossbeams,” Galeria La Caja Negra, Madrid (solo)
2011   Der Wahre Künstler," Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany (solo)
2011   Für Kinder / Beschriebene Kombinationen," Konrad Fischer Galerie Berlin, Berlin (solo)
2011   Combinations Described (Chicago)," Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2010   "Bruce Nauman's Works: Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon," Lyon, France (solo)
2010   "Pay Attention... Prints and Multiples 1971-2007," James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo)
2010   "Video Screening 2: Bruce Nauman," Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (solo)
2010   "Bruce Nauman: Dream Passage," Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (solo)
2010   "Bruce Nauman: Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square," Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany (solo)
2010   "Bruce Nauman’s Days," Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
2010   For Children / For Beginners Sperone Westwater - New York (solo)
2009 - 2010   Days and Giorni, Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
2009   1968. Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (group)
2009   Nie/No," Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (solo)
2009   Drawings for Neons," Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York (solo)
2009   Artist Rooms," Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland (solo)
2009   Dead Shot Dan," Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri (solo)
2009   "Diamond Mind Circle of Tears Fallen All Around Me," Peter Freeman, Inc., New York (solo)
2008 - 2009   Biennale di Venezia, U.S. Pavilion
2008 - 2009   Heavy Metal, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Ich kann mir nicht jeden Tag ein Ohr abschneiden., Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Minimal is More. Sammlung Lafrenz, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands
2008   "Bruce Nauman: Fingers and Holes," Meessen de Clercq, Brussels
2008   "Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
2008   "Bruce Nauman: Fonte de cem peixes, 2005," Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto, Portugal
2008   "Bruce Nauman: Drawings for Installations," Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
2008   Beautiful People, Centre d'Art la Panera, Lerida
Body Work, Le Case d'Arte, Milan
2007   "A Rose has no Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s,” The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (solo)
2007   "A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman,” The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (solo)
2007   "Bruce nauman - one hundred fish fountain,” Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, Hannover, Germany (solo)
2007   "Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works,” The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (solo)
2007   "Bruce Nauman,” Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada (solo)
2007   "Fokus: Bruce Nauman,” Museum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, Basel (solo)
2007   "Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman Works with Light,” Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington D.C (solo)
2007   "A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s,” Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film (solo)
2007   "Archive BAM/PFA,” Berkeley, California (solo)
2006   “Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman works with light,” Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (solo)
2006   “Bruce Naumann,” Museo DArte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples, Italy (solo)
2006   “Bruce Nauman - Mental Exercises,” NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf (solo)
2006   “Bruce Nauman,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (solo)
2006   “Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman's Works with Light,” Indianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana (solo)
2006   “Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman Works with Light,” Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (solo)
2006   Renegades 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art, Exit Art, New York City, NY
2005   “Bruce Nauman,” Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Knokke-Heist (solo)
2005   “Bruce Nauman – Druckgrafik aus öffentlichen Schweizer Sammlungen,” Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur (solo)
2005   “Pay Attention - Bruce Nauman videos from the collection of Barbara Balkin Cottle,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Phoenix, Greece (solo)
2005   “Mapping The Studio - Bruce Nauman Video Works,” NGV National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
2005   “Bruce Nauman,” Galerie Lelong - Paris, Paris (solo)
2004 - 2005   "The Unilever Series: Bruce Nauman," Tate Modern, London (solo)
2004 - 2005   "Bruce Nauman: Setting a Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor)," Power House Memphis, Tennessee (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman, Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage)," Ludwig Museum, Germany (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman: Theaters of Experience," Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman, Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage)," DIA Center for the Arts, New York (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman, Mapping the Studio II (Fat Chance John Cage)," Sperone Westwater, New York (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman, All Action Edit - Mapping the Studio I, Office Edit I, Office Edit II with Color Shift, Flip, Flop & Flip/Flop," Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf (solo)
2003   "Bruce Nauman, Mapping the Studio II (Fat Chance John Cage)," Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (solo)
2002   Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Bruce Nauman - Mapping the Studio -solo
Genève, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain -solo
New York, Sperone Westwater, Mapping the Studio II-solo
New York, Dia: Chelsea, Bruce Nauman -solo
2001   New York, ICA Gallery, New York Video 1967 - 73(solo)
New York, Zwirner & Wirth Gallery, Selected Work (solo)
2000   Samuel Beckett/Bruce Nauman, Kunsthalle Wien Karsplatz Vienna
1997 - 1999   Bruce Nauman: Image/Text, 1966-1996, Centre Georges Pompidou (& other locations) Paris
1993 - 1995   Bruce Nauman, Museum of Contemporary Art (& other locations) Los Angeles
1990   Bruce Nauman: Skulpturen und Installationen, 1985-1990, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (& other locations) Lausanne, Switzerland
1986 - 1987   London, Whitechapel Art Gallery -solo
Bruce Nauman, Kunsthalle Basel (& other locations)
Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville -solo
1985   New York, Museum of Modern Art -solo
1982 - 1983   Bruce Nauman: Neons, The Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore, MD
1972 - 1974   Bruce Nauman: Work from 1965-1972, Whitney Museum of American Art (& other locations) NY
1968   "Bruce Nauman," Leo Castelli Gallery. New York.(solo)
"6 Day Week: 6 Sound Problems," Konrad Fischer Galerie. Dusseldorf (solo)
1966   Los Angeles, Nicholas Wilder Gallery (solo)
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY