Bruce Nauman M Ampere 1973

Artwork details

Artist
Bruce Nauman born 1941
Title
M Ampere
Date 1973
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 762 x 1125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
P77437
Not on display

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This word-image is one of a number of works involving word play created by Nauman during the 1970s. He compared making this lithograph to chiselling stone, to create a shallow relief. Nauman has connected his word works, involving anagrams, palindromes and mirror images, to his interest in the image reversal that took place when he removed the moulds from his early fibre glass sculptures. The frequently disturbing or ambiguous nature of the semi-concealed messages in the word-works is in contrast to the spare elegance of the images. Here the message discovered within the letters is the brutal phrase 'Rape Me'.

August 2004

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