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Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies

With essays by Carlos Basualdo, Erica F. Battle, and Caroline Bourgeois, and an interview with Bruce Nauman

The first in-depth exploration of Bruce Nauman’s Contrapposto Studies, I through VII. It surveys Nauman’s trajectory from his early works, which set precedents for experimentation with video and performance, to his latest installations that combine video, sound, and performative elements to create immersive environmental experiences. The essays address his return to the motif of contrapposto and the use of his body as a tool and subject for performance. Related works, including Walks In Walks Out, are also considered. In an interview published here for the first time, Nauman discusses the conception, development, and installation of Contrapposto Studies, which stand as a testament to his ability to transform simple gestures into grand ruminations on the possibilities of representation.

About the Editors
Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art; and Erica F. Battle is the John Alchin and Hal Marryatt Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hardcover (paper over board)
154 pages
92 color illus.
7 ½ x 9 ⅞ inches