Bruce Nauman

Untitled (Drawing for Enforced Perspective) (1975)

About this artwork

For Bruce Nauman, drawing is an essential part of his working process and integral to the development of his projects. The artist has commented that, "I do drawings to work the pieces out, to figure out how to proceed". In this drawing for the floor sculpture 'Enforced Perspective' (also held in ARTIST ROOMS) the artist plays with the positioning of steel slabs, considering their impact in the surrounding space. Including annotations such as "End to End and Side by Side pairings … 14 combinations", the diagram also reveals the diversity of this installation, which can be rearranged into different formations.

  • title: Untitled (Drawing for Enforced Perspective)
  • accession number: AR00578
  • artist: Bruce NaumanAmerican (born 1941)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1975
  • measurements: 76.50 x 101.60 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman is considered one of the most influential artists working today. He was born in Indiana and initially studied Maths and Physics in Wisconsin, then Art in California. In 1965 he abandoned purely painting in favour of working in a variety of media. His work combines bodily consciousness, physical and mental activity, linguistic manipulation and humour. In his early work, Nauman made wax casts of his body, moving on to make sculptural installations, photographs, films and performance pieces. Although Nauman's work has been associated with various movements, including performance, conceptual and body art, it always eludes precise categorisation. He represented America at the 2009 Venice Biennale.