Sense títol, 1994

Untitled, 1994
Bruce Nauman’s work takes the human scale as artistic measure. In his performances, volumes and drawings, the body and physical action become protagonists. He is mainly interested in the repeated gesture, the minimisation of means and the idea of process. Heads, eyes, lips or jaws are the subject of investigation in his work, revealing a fascination with hands and the various forms these may take. Hands that join in different gestures or that draw forms together, fingers interlocked, hands crossing each other and coordinated movements are the subject of his prints made in the nineties. A polyvalent metaphor of the human condition, they condense the power of minimal gesture and repetition.
Influenced by the classical sketches of old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti and, in modernity, by authors such as Henry Moore, they demonstrate how an economy of means can produce works of great visual and conceptual density.

Technical details

Original title:
Sense títol
Registration number:
Nauman, Bruce
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Graphic work (editions)
Etching on paper
Edition number:
Ed. 19/50
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Private long-term loan, Barcelona
© Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:

The MACBA Collection features Catalan, Spanish and international art and, although it includes works from the 1920s onwards, its primary focus is on the period between the 1960s and the present.

For more information on the work or the artist, please consult MACBA's Library. To request a loan of the work, please write to colleccio [at] macba.cat.

If you need a high resolution image of the work, you must submit an image loan request.

To reconstruct the disorder of a possible city. To use the model, not as an element in a project, but as the representation of something that already exists.
Jordi Colomer