studio art

1966 - Bruce Nauman

July 03, 2016
Art by Bruce Nauman (M.F.A., studio art, 1966) is featured in a recent story in The New York Times about public art in New York.  “For years, I’ve stopped by this lobby (of the JP Morgan Chase) to see a small, blinking neon by Bruce Nauman, one of the most influential artists of the last half-century,” writes Randy Kennedy. “Mr. Nauman’s neons, which often juxtapose related words or phrases, can be funny, haunting and sometimes brutal (“Raw/War”; “Run From Fear/Fun From Rear.”) This one, which blinks the crossed words “Read” and “Reap” in garish greens, pinks, reds and yellows, is mild by comparison but still provocative for a corporate bank lobby, evoking wholesome thoughts of knowledge alongside slightly sinister connotations of the consequences of knowing." Nauman’s work is in museum collections around the world and the Museum of Modern Art in New York will mount a retrospective of his art in 2018.