Sims Reed Gallery London exhibition
This contemporary art show on one of the biggest names in American 20th century art spotlights 30 prints from 1970 - 2006 which all challenge the relationship between language and perception. Video projections, sound installation and neon signs face the viewer head on with sprawling text moving backwards and forwards across the gallery walls. Nauman turned to printmaking in the 1970s and revelled in the mirroring and repetition of words, seen in works like Malice (1980) and AH HA (1975). Also look out for lithographs like the abrasive Suck Cuts (1973) and the furious No (1981).
Nauman himself is often himself the subject of his work, objectifying his role as an artist and mutating his flesh to undermine arbitrary actions by the human body. There'll also be iconic Nauman works on display like Clown Torture (1987), a particularly harrowing video of the artist dressed as a threatening and comic clown.
Bruce Nauman art & technique
Uneasy and disconcerting, Nauman breaks down language to a curious poetic and artistic construction. So how can we respond to this Bruce Nauman exhibition? Perhaps it's best summed up by the man himself, who once described art as,'like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better yet, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming'.
This electrifying roller coaster ride in the heart of St James is well worth a look.
|What||Bruce Nauman: Prints 1970 – 2006, Sims Reed Gallery|
|Where||Sims Reed Gallery, 30 Bury Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6AU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
24 Jun 15 – 17 Jul 15, Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm (Closed on Bank Holidays)
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