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Bruce Nauman : Art & Performance - Robert C. Morgan

Bruce Nauman

Art & Performance

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Published: 29th May 2002
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"From the beginning I was trying to see if I could make art that did that. Art that was just there all at once. Like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better yet, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming; it just knocks you down. I like that idea very much: the kind of intensity that doesn't give you any trace of whether you're going to like it or not." -- Bruce Nauman

"Bruce Nauman's art is about heightened awareness, awareness of spaces we usually don't notice (the one under the chair, out of which he made a sculpture) and sounds we don't listen for (the one in the coffin), awareness of emotions we suppress or dread... It's hard to feel indifferent to work like his." -- Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

One of America's most important artists, Bruce Nauman has worked in a dazzling variety of media since the mid-1960s: sculpture, photography, performance, installation, sound, holography, film, and video. What has been a constant throughout his career, however, is his persistence in exploring both art as an investigation of the self and the power of language to define that self.

The latest volume in the acclaimed Art + Performance series is the first book to combine the key critical writings on Nauman with the artist's own writings and interviews with him, as well as images of his work. Bruce Nauman offers a multifaceted portrait of an artist whose determination to experiment with style and form has created a body of work as eclectic and perhaps more influential than that of any other living American artist.

"Providing a varied and extensive collection of texts by and about Nauman's work, this anthology opens many doors into reading the layers upon layers of this artist's ironic tragi-comedies... With its focus on Nauman from so many perspectives and its concentration on his performance and new media aspects, this book provides meaningful and extensive resources for both admirers and scholars... In the end, it sets a bountiful theoretical, historical, aesthetic, ethical, and critical context for responding to Nauman's productions." -- Brian Bergen-Aurand, Rain Taxi


Providing a varied and extensive collection of texts by and about Nauman's work, this anthology opens many doors into reading the layers upon layers of this artist's ironic tragi-comedies... With its focus on Nauman from so many perspectives and its concentration on his performance and new media aspects, this book provides meaningful and extensive resources for both admirers and scholars... In the end, it sets a bountiful theoretical, historical, aesthetic, ethical, and critical context for responding to Nauman's productions.--Brian Bergen-Aurand "Rain Taxi "

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Bruce Nauman: An Introductory Surveyp. 1
Essays
PheNAUMANology (1970)p. 21
From Hand to Mouth to Paper to Art: The Problems of Bruce Nauman's Drawings (1988)p. 28
Artist of the Showdown (1989)p. 36
Sounddance (1988)p. 43
A Question of Public Interest (1990)p. 70
The Nauman Phenomenon (1990)p. 78
Alienation of the Self, Command of the Other (1991)p. 86
Raw Material (1993)p. 90
The Trouble with Nauman (1994)p. 100
Nauman: Good and Bad (1994)p. 108
Surveying Nauman (1994)p. 116
Bruce Nauman (1995)p. 146
Flashing the Light in the Shadow of Doubt (1995)p. 155
Circling Oblivion/Bruce Nauman through Samuel Beckett (1997)p. 163
Dance With the Law (1999)p. 174
Reviews
Only Connect: Bruce Nauman (1982)p. 191
Identity: Representations of the Self (1989)p. 195
Assault and Battery, Surveillance and Captivity (1989)p. 198
Bruce Nauman (1989/90)p. 203
Bruce Nauman (1991)p. 206
Space Under a Chair, Sound from a Coffin (1994)p. 208
Return of the Galisteo Kid (1994)p. 212
Nauman Was the Man to Watch (1994)p. 214
Watch Out! It's Here! (1994)p. 217
Bruce Nauman (1994)p. 221
Bruce Nauman (1995)p. 224
Bruce Nauman (1995)p. 227
Interviews
Two Interviews (1970)p. 233
Interview with Bruce Nauman (1987)p. 262w
Breaking the Silence (1988)p. 270
Talking with Bruce Nauman (1989)p. 285
Ways of Seeing: The Warped Vision of Bruce Nauman (1995)p. 310
Artist's Writings
Performance (Slightly Crouched) (1968)p. 317
Notes and Projects (1970)p. 318
Microphone/Tree Piece (1971)p. 322
Flayed Earth/Flayed Self (Skin/Sink) (1974)p. 323
Instructions (1974)p. 326
Cones/Cojones (1975)p. 328
False Silences (1975)p. 331
The Consummate Mask of Rock (1975)p. 333
Good Boy Bad Boy (1985)p. 337
Violent Incident (1986)p. 340
Biographyp. 343
Videographyp. 379
Select Bibliographyp. 387
Contributor Notesp. 389
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ISBN: 9780801869068
ISBN-10: 0801869064
Series: Art & Performance
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 29th May 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.53