Bruce Nauman

Konrad Fischer Galerie | Düsseldorf

Shaven heads detached from their bodies, wedged together or bending over one another: one licking the other, sticking its tongue into another’s eyes, mouth, and nose. Hanged heads, chopped-off hands, a trail of blood running from body parts: these are the subjects of the large-format color drawings that make up the environment of a new group of works by Bruce Nauman. Entitled Heads and Bodies, 1989, the installation consists of 12 sculptural pieces along with the drawings.

Nauman has always been interested in the human body. During the past few years, his early formal analyses and investigations of the body have shifted to the context of the living world, which is depicted in terms of the physical excess and violence done to and by bodies. Nauman’s new pieces open an existential scenario that embraces both man and beast, a scenario about damaged life and violent death. Pairs of wax casts

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