Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words: Writings and Interviews / Edition 1

Please Pay Attention Please: Bruce Nauman's Words: Writings and Interviews / Edition 1

by Bruce Nauman
     
 

Since the 1960s, the artist Bruce Nauman has developed a highly complex and pluralistic oeuvre ranging from discrete sculpture, performance, film, video,
and text-based works to elaborate multipart installations incorporating sound, video recording and monitors, and architectural structures. Nauman's work is often interpreted in terms of movements and mediums,

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Since the 1960s, the artist Bruce Nauman has developed a highly complex and pluralistic oeuvre ranging from discrete sculpture, performance, film, video,
and text-based works to elaborate multipart installations incorporating sound, video recording and monitors, and architectural structures. Nauman's work is often interpreted in terms of movements and mediums, including performance,
postminimalism, process, and conceptual art, thereby emphasizing its apparent eclecticism. But what is often overlooked is that underlying these seemingly disparate artistic tendencies are conceptual continuities, one of which is an investigation of the nature of language.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Nauman has refrained from participating in the critical discourse surrounding his own work. He has given relatively few interviews over the course of his career and has little to do with the art press or critical establishment.
Indeed, he granted Janet Kraynak and The MIT Press almost complete autonomy in the preparation of this volume. In contrast to Nauman's reputation for silence, however,
from the beginning of his career, the incorporation of language has been a central feature of his art. This collection takes as its starting point the seeming paradox of an artist of so few words who produces an art of so many words.

Please Pay Attention Please contains all of Nauman's major interviews from 1965 to 2001, as well as a comprehensive body of his writings, including instructions and proposal texts, dialogues transcribed from audio-video works, and prose texts written specifically for installation sculptures. Where relevant, the texts are accompanied by illustrations of the artworks for which they were composed. In the critical essay that serves as the book's introduction, the editor investigates Nauman's art in relation to the linguistic turn in art practices of the 1960s -- understanding language through the speech act -- and its legacy in contemporary art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262640602
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Writing Art
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Bibliographic Note
Bruce Nauman's Words1
Pt. IWritings47
1Codification, 196649
2Amplified Tree Piece, 1970, and Untitled, 196950
3Untitled, 196951
4Untitled, 196952
5Untitled, 196953
6Untitled, 196955
7Notes and Projects, 197056
8Microphone/Tree Piece, 197161
9Left or Standing, Standing or Left Standing, 197162
10Floating Room, 197265
11Double Doors-Projection and Displacement, 197366
12Flayed Earth/Flayed Self (Skin/Sink), 197367
13Instructions for a Mental Exercise, 197476
14Cones Cojones, 197478
15Body Pressure, 197483
16The Consummate Mask of Rock, 197586
17False Silences, 1975/200092
18Good Boy Bad Boy, 198594
19Violent Incident, 198696
Pt. IIInterviews99
1The Way-Out West, Interviews with Four San Francisco Artists, 1967 (1966)101
2Nauman Interview, 1970111
3Interview with Bruce Nauman, 1971 (May, 1970)133
4Bruce Nauman, January, 1972155
5Bruce Nauman: The Center of Yourself, 1975173
6Bruce Nauman Interviewed, 1979 (October 9, 1978)185
7Interview with Bruce Nauman, May 27 and 30, 1980197
8Bruce Nauman Interview, 1982297
9Keep Taking It Apart: A Conversation with Bruce Nauman, 1986 (July 12, 1986)305
10Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Bruce Nauman, 1988 (January, 1987)317
11Talking with Bruce Nauman: An Interview, 1989 (July, 1977: September, 1980: May, 1982: and July, 1989)339
12Ways of Seeing: An Interview with Bruce Nauman, 1995379
13Bruce Nauman: Vices and Virtues: Interview, 2001385
14Bruce Nauman Interview, 2001397
Index405

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