Bruce Nauman, Human Nature/Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know, 1983. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Portrait of Bruce Nauman in his studio in New Mexico by Jason Schmidt. Courtesy of Jason Schmidt.
The work is often about sitting and waiting for meaning to arrive.
Bruce Nauman’s magic is elusive, aggressive, and sometimes uncomfortable.
Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, i through vii. 2015/16. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.
Bruce Nauman, Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists, 1966. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Ben Blackwell.
Header video: Bruce Nauman, Walk with Contrapposto, 1968. © 2018 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.
Corrections: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Nauman’s work Get Out of My Mind, Get Out of This Room as Get Out of My Head, Get Out of this Room. Additionally, the work in the header video is called Walk with Contrapposto, not Contrapposto.