Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bruce Nauman | LA AIR

Bruce Nauman
New York City, USA: Multiples, Inc., 1970
[12] pp., 30.4 x 30.4 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 1200

In 1970, Multiples Inc. released the seminal boxed work Artists & Photographs, which included Mel Bochner's Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography), Christo's Packed Tower, Spoleto, Italy 1968, Jan Dibbets' Perspective Correction 1967, Tom Gormley's Red File Cabinet, Dan Graham's Two Parallel Essays, Douglas Huebler's Location Piece #2 : New York City – Seattle, Washington, Allan Kaprow's Pose,  Michael Kirby's Pont Neuf, Sol LeWitt's Schematic Drawing for Muybridge, Richard Long's Rain Dance, Robert Morris's Continuous Project Altered Daily, Ed Ruscha's Babycakes, Robert Smithson's Torn Photograph, Bernar Venet's Exploited, Andy Warhol's Portraits, Robert Rauschenberg's Revolver, and Dennis Oppenheim's Flower Arrangement for Bruce Nauman. 

Nauman's own contribution was a response to his earlier artist book, Clear Sky (see below). Whereas the former contained full-bleed images of various shades of blue, this title features color-field-like planes of indigo, crimson and yellow-green, suggesting the toxicity of the air in Los Angeles, where the artist had recently relocated.

Nauman's signature appears PRINTED on the verso.

LA Air is currently on sale at Printed Matter, for $540 US, here. High resolution images of each page can be seen at the Harvard Art Museum site, here.

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