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Bruce Nauman (American, b.1941)
LOT ID: 73611
Raw War, 1971

Lithograph, stone with plates
22 х 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm.)
Signed, and inscribed lower right "Printer's Proof" with the Cirrus chop on the lower right corner recto, and inventory number in pencil on verso "36C BN71"
Edition PP (aside from the edition of 100)
Foundry/Publisher Co-published by Nicholas Wilder and Castelli Graphics, New York, printed by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles
Lot description
Bruce Nauman's very first word print and is to be his most important graphic work. "Raw War" is in the collections of all the major contemporary museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. The genesis of the work was a neon sculpture that Nauman made to protest the Vietnam War, with the words "War" and "Raw" blinking in red.

This richly inked impression is from the private collection of Paul Clinton who was one of the printers who worked on the print at Cirrus Editions along with Jean Milant. Clinton, along with Ken Tyler, and others trained at Tamarind Lithography studio, under the auspices of the late June Wayne and were responsible for the great contemporary print renaissance in America in the 1970s.
Raw War by Bruce Nauman
  • Raw War by Bruce Nauman
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