Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman/ Bruce Nauman

United States 1941

Sculpture, Performance Art, Video Art

Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman
Male
United States
1941

Creating art of any sort can take anywhere from an instant to years and most artists like to do it at their own pace, not having to insert the time variable into the equation. After a while, the process of creating art becomes the art itself, as Bruce Nauman came to realize in his practice. Focusing primarily on the activity of art making rather than on the product itself, Nauman produces a variety of works across several mediums and techniques that fundamentally question the role of the artist. Dealing with and inspired by all the gory details of life and death, he reveals, as his inscription states every artist should, all the mystic truths.

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Bruce Nauman – My Name as Though It Were Written on the Surface of the Moon, 1968. Photo credits wikiart.org

Restless Beginnings

Bruce Nauman was born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Throughout his life, he was moving a lot with his family because of his father’s work as an engineer for General Electric. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison he studied physics and mathematics between 1960 and 1964, and with William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson at the University of California, he studied art from 1965-1966. In 1964, he decided that he wants to dedicate himself to sculpture, performance and cinema and upon receiving his MFA in 1966, he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute until 1968 and at the University of California at Irvine in 1970. The following decade, Nauman moved a couple of times until finally finding a home in New Mexico. In 1989, he established his home studio in Galisteo, the place where he works and lives to this day accompanied by his wife, the painter Susan Rothenberg.

In 1989, Bruce Nauman established his home studio in Galisteo

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Bruce Nauman – Seven Figures, 1985. Photo credits inhalemag.com

What to Do?

With his studio set up and ready, Nauman was confronted with the question “What to do?” and soon he’d come up with a simple yet profound realization that “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.” Other than his home studio in Galisteo, he’s got another one set up in a former grocery shop in the Mission district of San Francisco as well as in a sublet from his university tutor in Mill Valley. These two locations server Nauman for performance art that he filmed on a fixed camera, making 10-minute duration takes. He made several videos in the period of 1966-1970, in which he used his body to investigate the role of the artist and psychological states and behavioral codes.

“Whatever I was doing in the studio must be art,” realized Nauman

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Installation view of Bruce Nauman at the Fondation Cartier, 2015. Photo credits designmagazin.cz

Artist as a Perfect Communicator

A big part of his work is characterized by an interest in language, as Neuman explores the role of the artist in this field as well. This often manifests itself in a playful, mischievous manner, and a good example of this practice is the neon Run From Fear – Fun From Rear, or the photograph Bound To Fail, which shows the literalized title phrase as the artist’s arms are tied behind his back. At the heart of his practice are some, one could say, serious concerns. His fascination with nature of communication, language’s inherent problems, and the role of an artist as a mean of communication and manipulator of visual symbols manifest itself through his art. As a major influence on his art, Bruce Nauman cites Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Meredith Monk, as well as Ludwig Wittgenstein for whom he, in a 1970 interview, says: “Just the way Wittgenstein proceeds in thinking about things, his awareness of how to think about things. I don’t think you can point to any specific piece that’s the result of reading Wittgenstein, but it has to do with some sort of process of how to go about thinking about things.

Neuman explores the role of the artist in language and communication

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Bruce Nauman – Double Poke in the Eye II, 1985. Photo credits konstmuseum.goteborg.se

Sculpting the Mind

The beginning of the 1970s marked a time of investigating the psychology of the mind for Nauman, portraying the realm of dreams as much as phobias through his sculptural work. During this time, he began constructing claustrophobic and enclosed corridors and rooms that gave out a feeling of entrapment, being closed in and left abandoned. The sculptures were “usable” and viewers could enter these spaces, getting a first-hand feeling of what the artist is trying to convey. A series of works created between 1983 and 1988 was inspired by one of his dreams, and they were brought together under the title of Dream Passage. Another piece from this period is the installation titled Changing Light Corridor with Rooms from 1971; it is made as a long corridor shrouded in darkness, with two rooms on either side that are illuminated by bulbs timed to flash at different rates. This period evolved into sculptures and videos after the mid-1980s when Nauman had developed disturbing psychological and physical themes that involved images of animal and human body parts.

Beginning in the 1970s, Nauman constructed claustrophobic and enclosed corridors and rooms

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Left: Bruce Nauman – Truncated Pyramid Room, 1982-1998 / Right: Bruce Nauman – Fifteen Pairs of Hands, 1996. Photos credit wikipedia.org

More Than Half a Decade of Exhibitions

Nauman’s monumental art inspired many other artists through the second half of the 20th century, and it’s no wonder his work has been exhibited widely across the globe. His first shows occurred in the 1960s with exhibitions at Nick Wilder’s gallery in Los Angeles and in New York at Leo Castelli in 1968, with some of his early solo shows taking place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in 1972. Demonstrating his talent, the Nicholas Wilder Gallery held his first solo exhibition of fiberglass sculptures in 1966, before he even received his master’s degree. Fame followed, and some of his later exhibitions, like the one at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Marcia Tucker at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, traveled across Europe and the United States in 1972; the major retrospective held at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, and the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, also traveled to many venues throughout America and Europe in a period from 1993 to 1995. In 1997, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg mounted another major retrospective, which toured the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Hayward Gallery in London and Nykytaiteen Museo in Helsinki.

Nauman’s monumental art inspired many other artists through the second half of the 20th century

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Bruce Nauman – Square Depression, 2007. Photo credits wikipedia.org

Master on Many Fields

Speaking of his brilliant craft are his many awards on several fields of artistic practice. Bruce Nauman holds honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from both the San Francisco Art Institute and the California Institute of the Arts. In 1993, he received the Wolf Prize for his distinguished work as a sculptor as well as his extraordinary contribution to twentieth-century art. It was followed by the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale in 1999, and Praemium Imperiale for sculpture in 2004. The same year, he was named by Time Magazine as one of their 100 most influential people, elevating his practice even further. Although his works span a wide variety of styles and materials, it hasn’t diminished neither his ability to produce first class art nor their value; on the contrary, his mastery on so many fields makes him one of the monumental contemporary artists.

The True Artist

In the words of Peter Plagens, an artist, writer and art critic, Bruce Nauman isn’t afraid of throwing all the chips in the air, picking them up and starting again. In his explorations of reality, truth, and the artist’s role in all of it, his practice has led him to many different mediums. Mastering all of them, he became one of the key figures of the contemporary artistic era, and The True Artist for Plagens who wrote a book about him. With his works revealing ideas and mysteries and the artist’s relation to them, there’s no telling where his practice might take us next.

Bruce Nauman currently lives near Galisteo, New Mexico.

Featured image: Bruce Nauman – portrait, photo credits johnlucasmedia.wordpress.com

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
201665 Modern and Contemporary Prints Galerie Maximillian, AspenGroup
2016Out of Their Hands: Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg at Gemini G.E.L.Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York City Group
2016The Armory Show 2016Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York CityGroup
2016Sculpture 4tetMarian Goodman Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Bruce NaumanFondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporian, ParisSolo
2015Bruce Nauman: Selected Works From 1967 to 1990Gagosian Gallery, ParisSolo
2015LighghtSuper Dacota, BrusselsGroup
2015Mark My WordsGemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York City Group
2015Paving the Way: Contemporary MastersThe San Francisco Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2015Prints by American MastersEckert Fine Art, Shekomeko VillageGroup
2015IFPDA Print Fair 2015Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York CItyGroup
2015IFPDA Print Fair 2015Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York CityGroup
2015Frieze Masters 2015Sperone Westwater, LondonGroup
2015The Armory Show 2015Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York CityGroup
2014Manifesta 10International Manifesta Foundation, NetherlandsGroup
201414 RoomsFondation Beyeler, SwitzerlandGroup
2014PhotographyJoseph K. Levene Fine Art, LTD.Group
2014Volkspaleis with One Mind in A Million Heads by Konrad SmolenskiWest, NetherlandsGroup
2014bruce nauman - unlimitedSammlung Haubrok, BerlinSolo
2014Bruce Nauman’s Words on PaperArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONSolo
2014Artist Rooms: Bruce NaumanHarris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, LancashireSolo
2014International Art Exhibition of the 5th OrientOrient'Art Express Festival, OujdaGroup
2014BookishCorbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Printing MattersGrafik-Kabinett Backnang - Helferhaus, BacknangGroup
2014Lens-Based SculptureKunstmuseum Liechtenstein, VaduzGroup
2014do it MoscowGarage Center for Contemporary Culture - GCCC, MoscowGroup
2014Play What's Not ThereRaven Row, LondonGroup
2014Walk On - 40 years of art walking from Richard Long to Janet CardiffThe Atkinson, SouthportGroup
2014Slapstick!Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2014Trace: Performance and its DocumentsQueensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
20141 + 1 = 1 : When Collections CollideThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014Reliable Tension, or: How to Win a Conversation About Jasper Johns32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery - Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CTGroup
2014A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the StudioMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Another culminationFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014O OLHO DO TIGREObras da Colecção Sarmento - Appleton Square, LisbonGroup
2014Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists BooksBen Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Some Illusions: Videos and DrawingsSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2013LAS COMPLICADAS RELACIONES HUMANAS EN EL VÍDEO DE BRUCE NAUMANCAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, MálagaSolo
2013Bruce NaumanGöteborgs Konstmuseum, GothenburgSolo
2013Prints 1971 – 1981Stampa, BaselSolo
2013Bruce Nauman / mindfuckHauser & Wirth, LondonSolo
2013MarginaliaHessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
2013Freedom Not Genius - Works From Damien Hirst's CollectionMAMM - Multimedia Art Museum, MoscowGroup
2013AnalogBlain|Southern - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2013Wall Works - Hamburger BahnhofMuseum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2013Inter[In]VençãoFórum Eugénio de Almeida, ÉvoraGroup
2013Ambach & Rice PresentsDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Artists using PhotographyGesso Artspace, ViennaGroup
2013Making SpaceMusée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, LausanneGroup
2013Upside Down: Specific ObjectsCultuurcentrum Strombeek, GrimbergenGroup
2013State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Within and BeyondTalley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2013State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970Bronx Museum of the Arts (BxMA), New York City, NYGroup
2013The Collection As A CharacterMuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, AntwerpGroup
2013Momat CollectionNational Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), TokyoGroup
2013When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969 / Venezia 2013Fondazione Prada, VeniceGroup
2013Walk On - 40 years of art walking from Richard Long to Janet CardiffNorthern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SunderlandGroup
2013Body Pressure - Skulptur Seit Den 1960er JahrenHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2013Everything Loose Will LandMAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2013From Gesture to LanguageRockbund Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2013Video Vintage 1963-1983Beirut Art Center, BeirutGroup
2013Body DoubleCraig F. Starr Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Less Like An Object More Like The WeatherBard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
2013His Master's Voice - Von Stimme Und SpracheHMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, DortmundGroup
2013The Naked ManLudwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art - Budapest, BudapestGroup
2013Letters From Los Angeles Part II: Identity & Self Identity Through Text in ArtJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013BOOKS & COGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2013Besser scheitern - Film + VideoHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2013Contra TàpiesFundación Antoni Tàpies, BarcelonaGroup
2013A Stone Left UnturnedYvon Lambert - Paris, ParisGroup
2013A World of Wild DoubtKunstverein in Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2012White Anger, Red Danger, Yellow Peril, Black DeathMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
2012Bruce Nauman - One Hundred Fish FountainGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2012Bruce Nauman: DaysICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonSolo
2012Bruce NaumanPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORSolo
2012Bruce Nauman - Infrared Outtakes, Soft Ground Etchings & CrossbeamsLa Caja Negra, MadridSolo
2012From Death to Death and Other Small Tales | Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.DaskScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2012Desire LinesACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VICGroup
2012Cellblock IiAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Tenth Anniversary AcquisitionsThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2012Letters From Los AngelesJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012A Bigger Splash: Painting after PerformanceTate Modern, LondonGroup
2012The White Male Complex, No.1SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, BerlinGroup
2012FIRST AVENUE: ONE-WAY STREETMuseu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, PortoGroup
2012Language GamesCentro de Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, CáceresGroup
2012Moral HolidayNorthern Gallery for Contemporary Art, SunderlandGroup
2012OurselvesACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VICGroup
2012299 artistas, 24 comissaris, 23 agentsGalería Estrany - De La Mota, BarcelonaGroup
2012Play it again, SamGalerie m Bochum, BochumGroup
2012Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty YearsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012Materializing "Six Years": Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual ArtBrooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012I Wish This Was A SongMusic in Contemporary Art - The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, OsloGroup
2012La voce delle immaginiPalazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2012Sounds like Silence (Cage – 4'33'' – Stille / 1912 – 1952 – 2012)HMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, DortmundGroup
2012The Long NowGalleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2012Time Capsule, Age 13 To 21: The Contemporary Art Collection Of Jason RubellDuke University, Durham, NCGroup
2012Dark MattersGoya Contemporary, Baltimore, MDGroup
2012Pictures from the MoonNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012FacesThe Phenomenon of Face in Videoart - Galerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2012Red Sky at Night: Mercer UnionA Centre For Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto, ONGroup
2012In The Waiting RoomSimon Lee Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Move: Art And Dance Since 1960sNational Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, GwacheonGroup
2012Explosion! - Painting in ActionModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2012Graham HudsonHilary Crisp Gallery, LondonGroup
2012The Artists’ Postcard ShowSpike Island, BristolGroup
2012Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970sAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2012Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving ImageSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DCGroup
2012Pacific Standard Time - Kunst in Los Angeles 1950–1980Martin-Gropius-Bau, BerlinGroup
2012A short history of video installationsWRO Art Center / Centrum Sztuki WRO, WroclawGroup
2012Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and TrasfigurationMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2012Text As ImageSenior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Néon, Who’s afrmaid of red, yellow and blue ?La Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2011Bruce NaumanDonald Young Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2011Bruce NaumanKonrad Fischer Galerie - Berlin, BerlinSolo
2011Bruce Nauman - Der wahre KünstlerStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimSolo
2011Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Dark ChristmasLeo Koenig Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2011Dance Your LifeCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2011VideoSpaceAstrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, OsloGroup
2011The Private Collection of Robert RauschenbergGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2011Kindred Spirits - Native American Influences on 20th Century ArtPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. CollectionThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Atlas. How to carry the world on one's back?Deichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2011Circa 1986HVCCA - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2011Extended DrawingBonnefantenmuseum, MaastrichtGroup
2011ArchitektonikaHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinGroup
2011There are two sides to every coin, and two sides to your faceGalerie Xippas - Paris, ParisGroup
2011Move - Kunst Und Tanz Seit Den 60ernK20 Grabbeplatz, DusseldorfGroup
2011Staging the ArchiveMACE - Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, ElvasGroup
2011Out of Storage: Provisoire & DéfinitifMarres - Centre for Contemporary Culture, MaastrichtGroup
2011American Prints IIRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Inside/Outside: States Of BeingCirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Ileana Sonnabend: An Italian PortraitSonnabend Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Undeniably MeGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
2011Physical VideoQueensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLDGroup
2011Small FiresSint-Lukasgalerie, BrusselsGroup
2011In Praise of DoubtPunta della Dogana - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2011Artists observed by Sidney B. Felsen à l'atelier Gemini G.E.L.Galerie Lelong - Paris, ParisGroup
2011PROOFS AND REFUTATIONSDavid Zwirner, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2011Blink! Light, Sound & the Moving ImageDenver Art Museum, Denver, COGroup
2011The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to TodayKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichGroup
2011Investigations of a DogMagasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, StockholmGroup
2011Out-of-SyncMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2011The Parallax ViewLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
2011Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011What's New, Pussycat?Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CAGroup
2011Dance with CameraScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2011A box is a box is a boxFlorence Loewy, ParisGroup
2010Bruce Nauman: For Children / For BeginnersSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2010Bruce Nauman's WorksMusée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, LyonSolo
2010PAY ATTENTION... Prints and Multiples 1971-2007James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2010Video Screening 2: Bruce NaumanCenter for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, KitakyushuSolo
2010Bruce Nauman’s DaysMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
2010Dream PassageHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinSolo
2010Bruce Nauman. Dream PassageHamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, BerlinSolo
2010Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a SquareWeserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, BremenSolo
2010Le Corps Comme Sculpture - Bruce NaumanMusée Auguste Rodin - Paris, ParisSolo
2010Freedom of SpeechKunstverein in Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2010Without You I'm Nothing: Art and Its AudienceMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2010Case Study from the Bureau of Contemporary ArtNew Mexico Museum Arts, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2010FramedIndianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, INGroup
2010Know the RulesThen Break Them - di Rosa, Napa, CAGroup
2010The right to protestMuseum on the Seam, JerusalemGroup
2010Move: Choreographing YouHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Just love meMUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, LuxembourgGroup
2010Magic ShowPump House Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Multiple VisionsNICC - New International Cultural Centre, AntwerpGroup
2010The Good, The Bad & the UglyCultuurcentrum Mechelen, MechelenGroup
2010Minima MoraliaMarvelli Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Come As You AreDer Abwesende Körper In Der Kunst - Zeppelin Museum, FriedrichshafenGroup
2010Gestures & ProceduresACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VICGroup
2009Nie / NoCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawSolo
2009Bruce Nauman: Drawings for NeonsCraig F. Starr Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2009Pay AttentionJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2009Bruce Nauman : ARTIST ROOMSTramway, Glasgow, ScotlandSolo
2009Bruce Nauman: Dead Shot DanContemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2009Bruce Nauman - Diamond Mind Circle of Tears Fallen All Around Me (1975)Peter Freeman, Inc., New York City, NYSolo
2008Bruce Nauman - Fingers and holesMeessen De Clercq, BrusselsSolo
2008Bruce Nauman: Sculpture, Hologram & VideoSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2008Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with LightMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CASolo
2008BRUCE NAUMAN - FONTE DE CEM PEIXES, 2005Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, PortoSolo
2008Bruce Nauman: Drawings for InstallationsSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2007A Rose has no Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960sThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXSolo
2007A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce NaumanThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXSolo
2007bruce nauman - one hundred fish fountainKestnergesellschaft, HannoverSolo
2007Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman WorksThe Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PASolo
2007Bruce NaumanMusée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QCSolo
2007A Rose Has No TeethCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinSolo
2007Fokus: Bruce NaumanMuseum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, BaselSolo
2007Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman Works with LightHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2007A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960'sBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CASolo
2006Bruce NaumanMOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami, FLSolo
2006Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman works with lightMuseum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami, FLSolo
2006Bruce NaumannMuseo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, NaplesSolo
2006Bruce Nauman - Mental ExercisesNRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, DusseldorfSolo
2006Bruce NaumanTate Liverpool, LiverpoolSolo
2006Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman’s Works with LightIndianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, INSolo
2006Elusive Signs - Bruce Nauman Works with LightMilwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WISolo
2006Bruce Nauman on PaperDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WISolo
2005Bruce NaumanSamuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Knokke-HeistSolo
2005Bruce Nauman – Druckgrafik aus öffentlichen Schweizer SammlungenBündner Kunstmuseum Chur, ChurSolo
2005Pay Attention - Bruce Nauman videos from the collection of Barbara Balkin CottleScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2005Mapping The Studio - Bruce Nauman Video WorksNGV National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VICSolo
2005Bruce NaumanGalerie Lelong - Paris, ParisSolo
2004The Unilever Series: Bruce NaumanTate Britain, LondonSolo
2004Bruce NaumanPKM GALLERY| Bartleby Bickle & Meursault - Seoul, SeoulSolo
2004Bruce Nauman - Setting A Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor)Power House Memphis, Memphis, TNSolo
2003Bruce Nauman - Theaters of ExperienceDeutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (closed, 2013)Solo
2003RUCE NAUMAN - Obra GráficaLa Caja Negra, MadridSolo
2003Bruce Nauman - Ars moriendi * Ars vivendiSMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentSolo
2003Bruce Nauman - Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage)Museum Ludwig, CologneSolo
2002Bruce Nauman - Mapping the StudioMuseum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, BaselSolo
2002Bruce NaumanLaboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico CitySolo
2002NEONS SCULPTURES DRAWINGSVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo
2002Bruce Nauman - Neons Sculptures Drawings  Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo
2002Bruce Nauman - NEW VIDEO WORKSKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
2002Bruce Nauman - Mapping The Studio II (Fat Chance John Cage)Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002Bruce Nauman - Mapping the Studio II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flopSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2002Bruce Nauman: Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage)Dia Art Foundation: Chelsea, New York City, NYSolo
2001Bruce Nauman: Four WorksDenver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
2001Bruce Nauman: selected worksZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NY (closed, 2009)Solo
2000Bruce Nauman - Early film and videoworksStedelijk Van Abbemuseum, EindhovenSolo
1999Bruce NaumanZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheSolo
1999South America CircleLannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1999Bruce NaumanDonald Young Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1998Bruce Nauman - Versuchsanordnungen - Werke 1965 - 1994Hamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgSolo
1997Bruce Nauman - Image - TextKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgSolo
1996Bruce Nauman - Bronze Heads & End of the WorldLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1996Bruce Nauman: World Peaceperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1996Bruce NaumanMagasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, StockholmSolo
1995Bruce NaumanKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichSolo
1995Bruce Nauman: Elliotts stonesMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILSolo
1995Bruce NaumanMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
1994Bruce NaumannGalerie Tschudi - Glarus, Glarus (closed, 2011)Solo
1994Bruce NaumanMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CASolo
1994Bruce NaumanWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNSolo
1994Bruce Nauman: Sieben Tugenden und Sieben LasterKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
1994Falls, Pratfalls and Sleights of HandsAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Solo
1994Bruce Nauman - Falls, Pratfalls, and Sleights of HandLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1993Bruce NaumanMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridSolo
1993MMMMNeuer Aachener Kunstverein, AachenSolo
1993Bruce NaumanRupert Walser, MunichSolo
1992NeonAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Solo
1991Bruce Nauman: Use MeICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonSolo
1991Bruce NaumanPortikus, Frankfurt/MainSolo
1991Bruce NaumanStädel Museum, Frankfurt/MainSolo
1990Skulpturen und InstallationenMuseum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, BaselSolo
1990Bruce NaumanLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1990Bruce NaumanLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1990Bruce Nauman: Shadow Puppets and Instructed MimeSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1989A SurveyAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London (closed, 2001)Solo
1989Bruce Nauman: Heads and BodiesKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
1989Bruce Nauman: Ed Hamilton, Master Printer IUAMA - The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZSolo
1988Bruce Nauman  Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1988Bruce NaumanGalerie Micheline Szwajcer, AntwerpSolo
1988Bruce Nauman VideosMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CASolo
1987Bruce Nauman: Drawings 1965–1986    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXSolo
1987Bruce Nauman Drawings: 1965-1986New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NYSolo
1987Bruce NaumanKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
1986Bruce NaumanMusée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, ParisSolo
1986Zeichnungen 1965 - 1986Kunsthalle Tübingen, TübingenSolo
1986Bruce Nauman: Oeuvres Sur PapierYvon Lambert - Paris, ParisSolo
1985New NeonsKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
1985New Work: Neons and DrawingsDonald Young Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1984Seven Virtues and Seven Vices: White Anger, Red Danger, Yellow Peril, Black DeathSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1983Bruce Nauman: Dream Passage, Stadium Piece, Musical Chairs-Drei neue ArbeitenMuseen Haus Lange / Haus Esters, KrefeldSolo
1982Bruce Nauman: NeonsThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MDSolo
1982Bruce Nauman - Violins, Violence, SilenceLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1981Bruce Nauman: Photo Piece, Window Screen, Hologram, Neon Sculptures, Cast-Iron Sculpture, Drawings, 1967-1981Konrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo
1981Bruce Nauman: New Iron Casting, Plaster, and DrawingsRhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1981Bruce Nauman: 1/12 Scale Models for Underground PiecesThe Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1980Forced Perspective or False Perspective: Drawings by Bruce NaumanNigel Greenwood Inc Ltd, London (closed, 1992)Solo
1980Bruce Nauman -  InKHalle für internationale neue Kunst, Zurich (closed)Solo
19781/12 Scale Study in Fiberglass and Plaster for Cast Iron of a Trench and Four Tunnels in Concrete at Full ScaleSan Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, CASolo
1977The Consummate Mask of RockNicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (closed, 1979)Solo
1976Installation Diamond MindWalter and McBean Galleries at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CASolo
1975The Consummate Mask of RockAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYSolo
1974Yellow Triangular RoomSanta Ana College Art Galleries, Santa Ana, CASolo
1973Flayed Earth/Flayed Self (Skin/Sink)Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (closed, 1979)Solo
1973Bruce Nauman - Floating RoomLeo Castelli Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1970Studies for HologramsGalerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne (closed)Solo
1970Bruce Nauman: PhotographsVisual Arts Gallery - School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York City, NYSolo
19686 Day Week: 6 Sound ProblemsKonrad Fischer Galerie - Düsseldorf, DusseldorfSolo