New York

John Duff, Robert Mangold, Bruce Nauman

Blum Helman Gallery

Although there is no perceptible link between the work of these three artists, each of them was formed in a climate more ostensibly attuned to conceptual concerns than is today’s, and their work shows it. Both Bruce Nauman and John Duff came to the forefront of their generation with the surge of so-called materials-and process-oriented artists, Nauman as a neo-Dadaist high-jinkser, Duff as a sculptor of nonrepresentational forms. Robert Mangold, somewhat the oldest of the three and a bona fide reductivist, stands apart from them in the “no-hands” look of all his paintings; whereas Nauman and Duff often appear to incorporate surface and incident into the subject of their work, Mangold (like Ellsworth Kelly before him) deliberately neutralizes both.

One of the two pieces Nauman showed here—a graphite, pastel and collage drawing on paper, in which the words are spelled forwards and in mirror

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