Bruce Nauman

2015-5-11

This exhibition contains only six works by American artist Bruce Nauman. Two of them are interesting, the rest are frankly less interesting than the building which is houses the exhibition.

While I am aware that beauty isn't a virtue that contemporary art has aspired to for the last hundred years or so, the most beautiful piece in the show is Pencil Lift which is a large looped video of a precariously balanced pencil.

The other interesting piece is Anthro/Socio (Rinde Facing Camera) which consists of a set of simultaneous videos of a giant head chanting "Feed me, Eat Me, Anthropologyā€¯ forever. It can be taken as an amusing absurdity. Really, what does it say about art today that the highlight of the show is an artist wiggling his pencil?

Bruce Nauman is at the Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris until the 21st of June, 2015.


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