The Easel

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15th September 2020

Bruce Nauman: Endurance Act

Nauman boasts coveted art world accolades and ongoing influence. Yet his “wildly eclectic” work is often baffling. The critic Robert Hughes described it as exploiting “whatever turns you off” while admitting there is a “peculiar grip” to some pieces. The linked piece usefully covers Nauman’s key works and concludes he is a great “permission-granter”, carving out areas for others to explore. “His work … ranks among the glories of postwar art”.