Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens

Organized by Carlos Basualdo  
With essays by Carlos Basualdo, Erica F. Battle, Marco De Michelis, and Michael R. Taylor

240 pages; 120 color + 40 black-and-white reproductions
9 ½ x 8 ½ inches
978-0-87633-217-7
$40 retail

One of the most complex and fascinating artists working today, Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) has assembled a mesmerizing body of work that encompasses video, installation, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and neon. Nauman was unanimously selected to represent the United States at the 53rd Venice Biennale in a presentation organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art that opens in June 2009. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue explore the interconnections among several themes that have recurred prominently throughout four decades of Nauman’s work. Linking the urban texture of Venice to the topological dimensions of his provocative art, the overarching project allows for an unprecedented occasion for the appreciation and exploration of Nauman’s undeniable creativity and influence.

Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens includes texts by Carlos Basualdo and Erica F. Battle on the organization of the exhibition and the publication, featuring detailed discussions on the works in the show. Michael R. Taylor’s essay examines Nauman’s practice in an art historical context, and a text by Marco De Michelis explores the notion of space as deployed throughout Nauman’s oeuvre with particular reference to the works on view.

Carlos Basualdo is The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Erica F. Battle is a Project Curatorial Assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Marco De Michelis is Professor of the History of Architecture at the Iuav University of Venice. Michael R. Taylor is The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.