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Bruce Nauman (American, b.1941)
LOT ID: 81278
Verso Recto, 1996

Etching / Engraving, Printed from Copper
21.25 х 26.75 in. (53.98 x 67.95 cm.)
Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist
Print/Casting Year 1996
Edition of 75
Foundry/Publisher Gemini G.E.L., pub.
Lot description
Artwork measures 21.25 x 26.75 inches (54 x 67.9 cm). Framed.

Executed in 1996, this copper plate etching by Bruce Nauman is a playful reflection on the notion of "verso" and "recto," with two rows of fingers depicted from front and back. The work comes from an edition of 75, and is signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.

Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) is a contemporary American artist known for his use of diverse materials 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 initially studied mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, eventually shifting his focus towards art and receiving his BFA in 1964. Two years later, Nauman received his MFA from the University of California, Davis, where he studied under the artist William T. Wiley, whose inherent sense of humor would influence Nauman’s later work. Generally recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the 1970s, Nauman has been a central figure in the development of Conceptual Art and Post-Minimalism, and a pioneer in the use of neon and video in art. In addition to his many solo exhibitions and retrospectives worldwide, Nauman has exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1978, 1980, 1999, 2005, and 2007) and at the Whitney Biennial (1977, 1985, 1987, 1991, and 1997). His numerous awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1968), the Max Beckmann Prize (1990), and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (1999). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also holds honorary doctorates from the San Francisco Art Institute and the California Institute of the Arts. Nauman lives and works in New Mexico with his fellow artist and spouse, Susan Rothenberg.

Selected Public Collections:
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
Verso Recto by Bruce Nauman
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