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Studio Piece

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Bruce Nauman worked with various techniques and was an important pioneer in the field of body and video art. In his work he systematically explores the relationships between his body and the surrounding space, examining the passage of time and the
relationship between the viewer and the work of art. Nauman’s work is based on a mathematical way of thinking, an interest that led him to study mathematics in the early 1960s. ‘I didn’t become a mathematician,’ he said later, ‘but I think there was a certain thinking process that was very similar and which carried over into art.’ Nauman’s interest in geometry is reflected in ‘Studio Piece’. The work was made from the remnants of his scale models for underground passages and architectural structures. The inverted pyramid seems to be hovering above three curved shapes that together form a circle.

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Title Studio Piece
Material and technique Plaster, wood, steel and steel wire
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 426.7 cm
Height 112 cm
Depth 426.7 cm
Artists Beeldhouwer: Bruce Nauman
Accession number BEK 1570 a-h (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1980
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1980
Age artist About 37 years old
Internal exhibitions Futuro, utopie in constructie (2011)
Research Digitising Contemporary Art
Material
Object
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Bruce Nauman

Fort Wayne 1941

Bruce Nauman initially studied mathematics at the university of Wisconsin, before studying art at the university of California. In 1965, Nauman stopped painting...

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