Works from across the influential American artist’s career are on show in Tate Modern’s dedicated ARTIST ROOMS space.
Words, language and communication are at the centre of Nauman’s practice, whether working in sculpture, video or performance. Splicing humour with menace, his works often use wordplay and distortion to explore notions of human identity – circling in on deep-seated fears and compulsions, and our potential for violence.
Nowhere is this more explicit than in his widely recognised neon sculpture VIOLINS VIOLENCE SILENCE (1981-2), on display as part of this exhibition.
Further neon works are joined by the large installation Enforced Perspective: Allegory and Symbolism (1975), a selection of drawings, and significant video works including Raw Material Washing Hands (1996), Good Boy Bad Boy (1985) and Violent Incident (1986) – where a disastrous and disturbing dinner party scene is played across 12 monitors.
ARTIST ROOMS: Bruce Nauman runs in the Blavatnik Building until July 2018.