Chicago

Bruce Nauman

Donald Young Gallery

Bruce Nauman as Midwestern artist par excellence? He was, after all, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, but the heartland has rarely been noted as an influence on his practice. However, a degree of independence from modernist isms, an idiosyncratic agenda, a wry and iconoclastic sense of humor, and an occasional fetish for highly crafted objects link some of Nauman’s concerns to the culture and traditions of the area. While the artist doesn’t often wax nostalgic or engage in overt autobiographical rumination, he does acknowledge that his One Hundred Fish Fountain (all works 2005) is rooted in his memories of boyhood fishing expeditions with his father. It is memory heightened, accelerated, and exaggerated, yet at the same time, somehow diffused.

The fountain in question emerges from a twenty-five-by-twenty-eight-foot basin. Suspended above it on

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