© Art21, Inc. 2001. The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Bruce Nauman on May 27 and 30, 1980. The 31-year-old artist had graduated from the University of California, Davis just six years before yet had already earned himself a reputation as an experimentalist with an almost pathological aversion to being pinned down – zipping from sculpture and drawing to photography and video. Description: Jan Butterfield interview with Bruce Nauman on May 29, 1974. ART21: Is there a story behind the stairs? The most comprehensive collection to date of the artist Bruce Nauman's writings plus all of his major interviews from 1965 to 2001. Although his work is not easily defined by its materials, styles, or themes, sculpture is central to it, and it is characteristic of Post-Minimalism in the way it blends ideas from Conceptualism, Minimalism, performance art, and video art. ART21 : You’ve made a number of works on video that have a built-in continuous loop. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. 2 Pink, No. Bruce Nauman was one of the most prominent, influential, and versatile American artists to emerge in the 1960s.

Video by Bruce Nauman. Major themes in the interview include creating funk sculpture in the San Francisco Bay area, Nauman's relationship with other artists, the process of creating his art, the experience and understanding of his art, and running art shows. Sometimes you have to do that –you just have to do work for yourself.” So if you work daily and make something, at some point, you’ll make good work. Bruce Nauman’s video “Contrapposto Studies, i through vii” (2015-16). Bruce Nauman is notoriously reticent. Bruce Nauman discusses the creation of his 2000 video piece Setting a Good Corner. Nauman lives near Galisteo, New Mexico. 1 White, No. Here we revisit at an interview from 1973, when Nauman had a retrospective at The Whitney Museum of American Art.


3 Green, No. Bruce Nauman’s wildly influential, relentlessly imitated work explores the poetics of confusion, anxiety, boredom, entrapment, and failure. Walking into a dark room at the PS1 segment of the Bruce Nauman retrospective, one comes across a simple black-and-white video of the artist combing his pubic hair. How Bruce Nauman Met Susan Rothenberg – The New Yorker‘s art critic Peter Schjeldahl takes pride in having introduced Bruce Nauman to the New … Bruce Nauman’s Art Make-Up: No. Creator: Nauman, Bruce, 1941- The interview took place at the artist's home in Pecos, New Mexico, and was conducted by Michele De Angelus for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Like the video work from 1967, The Artist is an Amazing Luminous Fountain —the text, spoken and onscreen, seems to repeat endlessly. I don’t think I’ll ever know Bruce, but he’s mine, and he’s a beauty.” Summary of Bruce Nauman. In late 1972, Bruce Nauman’s first museum survey opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His practice spans a broad range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking, and performance. “It was fun to watch his stony skepticism of painting crack a little,” the critic recalls. How Bruce Nauman Met Susan Rothenberg –  The New Yorker ‘s art critic  Peter Schjeldahl  takes pride in having introduced Bruce Nauman to the New York painter’s work during her show at the now-closed Willard Gallery in 1981.