Conceptual Art at Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
Other venues: Display
30 June – 23 September 2012
Bruce Nauman, 'La Brea/Art Tips/Rat Spit/Tar Pits' 1972

Bruce Nauman
La Brea/Art Tips/Rat Spit/Tar Pits 1972
Neon tubing in four colours with clear glass tubing suspension frame
unconfirmed: 619 x 584 x 51 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002

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ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund supported by the Scottish Government is an inspired partnership that will fulfil the vision for this extraordinary collection: that it should be shared across the UK.

Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery is planning an exhibition of Conceptual art featuring work by Bruce Nauman, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner.

The selection assembles key pieces by each artist who all have a strong interest in language: Nauman employs puns and repetitions to reveal the gaps between speech and subjectivity; Holzer focuses closely on the language of officialdom; Ruscha makes typographical monuments in iconic American land- and cityscapes fusing pop iconography with a playful sense of irony; Weiner creates a sense of sculptural space with pared-down exhortations in text.

This exhibition presents icons of Conceptual art in a manner that underlines one of its original aims, to communicate with audiences in meaningful and direct ways using contemporary media and materials outside of the traditional gallery system. The exhibition will immediately precede the Art Fund International survey show in autumn 2012, Global to local, and will open up audiences to the breadth of ideas within Conceptual art that have been so influential upon art today.