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Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens

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Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens

Edited by Carlos Basualdo

2009
240 pages, 40 b/w + 120 color illustrations, 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Softcover ISBN: 978-0-87633-217-7

With essays by Carlos Basualdo, Erica F. Battle, Marco De Michelis, and Michael R. Taylor

One of the most complex and fascinating artists working today, Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) has assembled a mesmerizing body of work that encompasses video, installation, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and neon. In 2008, Nauman was unanimously selected to represent the United States at the 53rd Venice Biennale, in an exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition, on view in Venice through November 22, 2009, has been awarded the prestigious Golden Lion for the Best National Participation. This is the first time since 1990 that the United States has received the coveted award.

The accompanying catalogue explores the interconnections among several specific themes that have recurred prominently throughout four decades of Nauman’s work. Linking the urban texture of Venice to the topological dimensions of his provocative art, the overarching project allows for an unprecedented occasion for the appreciation and exploration of Nauman’s undeniable creativity and influence. Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens includes texts by Erica Battle and Carlos Basualdo on the organization of the exhibition and the publication, featuring detailed discussions of the works in the show. Michael R. Taylor examines Nauman’s practice in an art-historical context, and Marco De Michelis explores the notion of space as deployed throughout Nauman’s oeuvre, with particular reference to the works on view.

Carlos Basualdo is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael R. Taylor is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Marco De Michelis is Professor of the History of Architecture at the IUAV University of Venice. Erica Battle is a Project Curatorial Assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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