Bruce Nauman

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

In terms of the works selected, the installation, and the careful production of certain pieces, this retrospective (the first truly comprehensive exhibition of Bruce Nauman’s work since the Whitney Museum show in 1972) is excellent. Of course, one could always point to missing pieces—Anthro/Socio, 1991, his work at Documenta IX, for example—but what is certain is that in its entirety the selection of works reconstructs the artist’s complete creative trajectory to date with undeniable balance. Since the contents of the catalogue are as informative as they are explanatory, there is nothing left to do but welcome the global staging of Nauman’s work, which because of its own stylistic and formal dispersion, demands this type of viewing experience.

There is no betrayal of his differential richness: the foregrounding of a series of investigative constants does not affect the acknowledgement

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