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Bruce Nauman’s Words on Paper

March 1 – May 4, 2014

Bruce Nauman, Raw-War, 1971

Bruce Nauman born Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States, 1941 Raw-War 1971 lithograph on wove paper Gift of Vivian and David M. Campbell, 1994 94/816.2 © Bruce Nauman/SODRAC (2014)

Bruce Nauman, Pay Attention, 1973

Bruce Nauman born Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States, 1941 Pay Attention 1973 lithograph on Arjomari paper Gift of Vivian and David M. Campbell, 1994 94/817 © Bruce Nauman/SODRAC (2014)

Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941) is one of the most significant and influential living artists. He works in a range of media including sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking and performance. Words play a significant role in Nauman's diverse artistic output. This exhibition focuses on Nauman's prints from the 70s and 80s, and also includes the video installation Good Boy Bad Boy. Drawn from the AGO's Contemporary Collection, Nauman explores the evocative power of language and our ability to communicate and miscommunicate. As Nauman says: “When language begins to break down a little bit, it becomes exciting and communicates in nearly the simplest way that it can function: you are forced to be aware of the sounds and the poetic parts of words.”

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