An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.

Bruce Nauman

Selected Works

Zwirner & Wirth's exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works will examine important sculptures in bronze, wax and neon, related drawings, and video works, which signal Nauman's return to his figurative interests of the 60s, after a decade of exploring non-objective, installational art forms in the 70s.

Stemming from the "carousel" works of the 1980s, in Large Butt to Butt and Blue Cat, both made in 1989, Nauman explores the tension between socially acceptable forms of behavior and the violent results of sport hunting. Using taxadermic animal forms, which have been dismembered and reassembled, Nauman, comically and grotesquely, challenges conventional notions of human behavior, forcing the viewer to pose questions about our relationship to nature and how we justify animals as trophies versus animals as sustenance.

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February 16April 14, 2001
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Bruce Nauman
A sculpture by Bruce Nauman, titled Large Butt to Butt, dated 1989.

Bruce Nauman

Large Butt to Butt, 1989
Aluminum and wire, in two parts
52 x 98 x 48 inches (132.1 x 248.9 x 121.9 cm)
A drawing by Bruce Nauman, titled Sex and Death/Double 69, dated 1985.

Bruce Nauman

Sex and Death/Double 69 , 1985
watercolor and crayon
85 x 52 3/4 inches (216 x 134 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.
An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.
An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.
An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.
An installation view of the exhibition Bruce Nauman: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2001.
A neon sculpture by Bruce Nauman, titled Malice, dated 1980.

Bruce Nauman

Malice, 1980
neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame (yellow and pink)
7 x 29 x 3 inches (17.8 x 73.7 x 7.6 cm)
A sculpture by Bruce Nauman, titled Blue Cat, dated 1989.

Bruce Nauman

Blue Cat, 1989
wax
28.5 x 20.5 x 23.6 inches (72.4 x 52.1 x 59.9 cm)

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