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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.

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Publication: Cordes, Christopher, Bruce Nauman, Prints 1970-89: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1st edition, New York: Castelli Graphics, 1989, pl 7; Davis, Bruce, Made in LA: The Prints of Cirrus Editions, New York: DAP, 1995, pg 316.
Catalogue Raisonné: Castelli, Lorence-Monk & Young 7
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  • Pickup Location: Oregon, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm.)
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