About Bruce Nauman
Born in 1941, Fort Wayne (Indiana), he is regarded as one of the most innovative artists of his generation and is often cited as a catalyst for the recent shift in much international artistic practice toward conceptual and performace uses of language and the body. In work encompassing video, installation, drawing, sculpture, photography and neon, Nauman continually enganges mundane situations and interpersonal communication, only to subvert them through paradoxical visual and linguistic manipulation.
Nauman studied mathematics, physics and studio art at the University od Wisconsin (Madison) and then pursued an MFA ad the University of California (Davis), where artists on staff such Wiley and Thiebaud supported his experimental attitude toward art making. His first solo show at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles was soon followed by his one-man debut in New York at Leo Castelli Gallery as well as in Dusseldorf at Konrad Fischer Galerie in 1968. In 1973 the LA County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art co-organized the first museum survey, Bruce Nauman: Works 1965-1972, an exhibition that also traveled in Europe. Nauman's work can be found in prominent museum collections throughout the world, and he has been the subject of many notable solo exhibitions.
In 1979 he moved to New Mexico, where he lives along with his wife, the American painter Susan Rothenberg.