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PRINT December 1967

The Art of Bruce Nauman

A FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE work of Bruce Nauman is extremely disconcerting. Very little prepares one for the realm of remarkable concepts and surprising forms with which this young sculptor deals. Each work, like the tip of an iceberg, is the barely exposed result of a complicated and fully developed line of interpolation and interpretation. Nauman is working in an extreme corner of the area of bare visibility, for the forms are of unusual proportions, homely materials and, whether titled or not, would appear at first exposure to be a vaguely repulsive caprice.

The response to a Nauman may vary curiously according to the amount of information one possesses about the piece. Untitled, as were his first fiberglass and rubber works, they have a direct impact by being distasteful in surface and substance and kinesthetically architectonic in working with or across the wall and floor. The plaster

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