Why Bruce Nauman’s Persistent Market Defies Trophy Hunters

Bruce Nauman is considered a towering and influential figure in postwar American art. His reputation as a master of minimalist and conceptual art was cemented more than four decades ago when he was first showing with Leo Castelli in New York and in important European shows like “When Attitudes Become Form,” at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland.

Currently, Nauman’s neons—paired with Adel Abdessemed’s machete sculptures—make an ominous opening to the main exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale, “All the World’s Futures,” curated by Okwui Enwezor. TheMuseum of Modern Art in New York recently announced it will stage a full retrospective of Nauman’s work in conjunction with the Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland. The show, which will be the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work across all mediums in over 20 years, will travel to MoMA in September 2018.


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