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Teachers & ArtistsBruce Nauman

September 20, 2013

Filmed in August 2000, Bruce Nauman discusses two teachers who influenced his approach to horseback riding and art making: master horse trainer Ray Hunt and painter Wayne Thiebaud. Nauman explains how both men taught him “how to pay attention.”

Nauman is shown on horseback at his New Mexico ranch, and walking up his outdoor installation Model (1998), a stairway embedded in the landscape of his property.

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Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: David Brownlow. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman has been recognized since the early 1970s as one of the most innovative and provocative of America’s contemporary artists. Nauman finds inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of everyday life. Working in the diverse mediums of sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance, and installation, Nauman concentrates less on the development of a characteristic style and more on the way in which a process or activity can transform or become a work of art. A survey of his diverse output demonstrates the alternately political, prosaic, spiritual, and crass methods by which Nauman examines life in all its gory details, mapping the human arc between life and death.

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