Bruce Nauman (Hardcover)
The True Artist
Phaidon Press, 9780714849959, 288pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2014
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The first authorized monograph on the world famous sculptor, photographer, and video artist.
In Bruce Nauman: The True Artist, Peter Plagens a renowned writer, critic, and author who has known Nauman for more than forty years delivers a personal and authoritative account tracing Nauman's entire career, from his youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to his graduate work at the University of California, and through to the present day. Plagens first met Nauman in Pasadena, California, in 1970, where their studios were a block apart and they played basketball together every Sunday. Since then, Plagens has pursued a real understanding of his friend's art. The book chronicles Nauman's process, from the creation of works in his New Mexico studio to the organization, installation, and reception of his exhibitions. Throughout, Plagens is a savvy and engaging guide to the work, using his own attempts to puzzle out the meaning of the pieces, as well as the artist's conversations about them, to offer readers a vivid and enlightening take on one of the key figures in contemporary art.
About the Author
"Peter Plagens is best known to the general public for his work as Senior Writer and staff art critic at Newsweek (1989-2003), for which he continues to write occasional art criticism as Contributing Editor. He is also a frequent contributor to periodicals including Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Art & Auction, Artforum, Art Review, Bookforum, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Civilization, L.A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New Art Examiner, the New England Review, the New York Observer and The New York Times. He has also written a classic history of modern art on the West Coast (Sunshine Muse), a novel (Time for Robo), and an anthology of his art criticism (Moonlight Blues). In addition, he has written catalogue essays for the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Irish Cultural Center in Paris, The Fellows of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the CUE Art Foundation in New York, and The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. He is also a painter whose work has appeared in many exhibitions, including a retrospective at the University of Southern California in 2004. Peter Plagens lives in New York City."