Bruce Nauman NO (Black State) 1981

Artwork details

Artist
Bruce Nauman born 1941
Title
NO (Black State)
Date 1981
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 698 x 1038 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
P07938
Not on display

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Nauman''s work often antagonises or disorients. The ''No'' of this lithograph is in keeping with his refusal to offer solace or affirmation to the viewer. Its immediacy also demonstrate Nauman''s ongoing commitment to making what he describes as ''art that was just there all at once. Like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming; it just knocks you down''.

August 2004

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