Monday, October 22, 2007

Go West Young Man

Fort Wayne, Indiana native Bruce Nauman got to Cali as fast as he could. Within two years of completing a master's he had signed with dealer Leo Castelli and it was all a downhill slope to canonization from there. Listed in 2008 as the #1 living artist by, Nauman beat out Rauschenberg and Gerhard Richter for the arbitrary crown presented by a website. His most famous quote? Taken from the 60s neon sculpture Window or Wall Sign:

"The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths."

A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s
Menil Collection
Opens Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join the Menil for better than average wine and Lynn Wyatt's company this Wednesday for a chance to consider why this thinly veiled symbolist gained acclaim riding the wave of a dealer who shaped our postmodern artworld.

Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and William Wegman 60s videos on the lawn; free screening in the Menil Park on Saturday, October 27, 8 pm.


John Hovig said...

Hey, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

I don't get Nauman either. If the Menil exhibition helps me see something in his work that I haven't seen yet, I'll let you know.