#120 Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman (b. 1941, USA)
The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths, 1967

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The reason he came up on my radar screen is due to him being quoted saying ‘the only way to find out whether t was art was to do it’. It answers so many fundamental professional questions I was struggling with. Thank you, Mr. Nauman.

But this particular piece is also reflecting my own philosophy quite well even if I’ve expressed it in somewhat different words (‘making sense of the stuff that doesn’t’).

I also sharing his interest in ‘the edge between’ the traditional artistic (crafty) skill and the more evasive skill that nevertheless seems to be necessary in order to make meaningful art that does not employ the former…

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