PRINT October 2018

Out of Your Head: The art of Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman, Walk with Contrapposto, 1968, video, black-and-white, sound,  60 minutes.

THERE IS MORE to Bruce Nauman than meets the eye. This month, “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” the artist’s first comprehensive retrospective in twenty-five years, opens at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York. The exhibition is organized by MoMA’s Kathy Halbreich with Heidi Naef and Isabel Friedl of the Schaulager in Basel, where it debuted to enthusiastic reviews this past spring.

How did this enigmatic artist from Indiana become one of the great innovators of what came to be known as contemporary art? In search of an answer, Artforum invited artists KEN OKIISHI, JACOLBY SATTERWHITE, and PAUL McCARTHY to reflect on Nauman’s complex and enduring legacy.