Bruce Naumand 1970

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Artist
Bruce Nauman (born 1941)
Date 1970
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 518 x 662 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1994
Reference
P77632

Summary

In 1968 Nauman produced a series of holograms titled Making Faces in which he contorted and stretched his face into a series of exaggerated gestures, the kind of grotesque faces pulled (playfully) by and for children in order to amuse, distract, and even terrify. The holograms were projected onto glass and have an eery underwater quality reminiscent of a horror movie. In 1970 the artist picked up the hologram slides and selected five images from which the screenprints were produced. In their new form - much bigger than life-size, and tinted yellow over black and white - they have been transformed into a kind of lexicon of facial expressions. They focus on the lower half of the face, in particular the mouth… (read more)

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