Bruce Nauman. Collection of Various Flexible Materials Separated by Layers of Grease with Holes the Size of My Waist and Wrists. 1966

Bruce Nauman Collection of Various Flexible Materials Separated by Layers of Grease with Holes the Size of My Waist and Wrists 1966

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In the 1960s Nauman frequently involved his body in his work, primarily through performance and sculptural casting. Despite the claim made by the title of this work, the holes in the now discolored layers of aluminum foil, plastic, foam rubber, and grease do not actually correspond to the artist's body. The materials and irregular format of this work contrast starkly with the often geometric, industrially produced Minimalist art many artists were making at this time.

Gallery label from 2008.
Aluminum foil, plastic sheet, foam rubber, felt, and grease
3" x 7' 6 1/4" x 19 1/8" (7.6 x 229.2 x 48.5 cm)
Helen Acheson Bequest (by exchange) and gift of Douglas S. Cramer
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© 2019 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture

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