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Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII

Art | February 26, 2017 |

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VIIImage courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VII
Philadelphia Museum of Art
September 18, 2016 – April 16, 2017

Discover a new monumental work by one of the most radical and revered artists of our time. This exhibition presents a new work by Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, which continues the artist’s exploration of video, sound, and performance. Characteristic of his work over the last five decades, Nauman transforms a simple and subtle gesture into a complex network of images and sound.

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VIIImage courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Consisting of seven large-scale video projections with sound (five in Alter Gallery 176 and two in gallery 171), the work features footage of the artist as he walks in contrapposto. Italian for “counterpose”, contrapposto refers to a pose that first appeared in Greek classical sculpture. This shift to naturalism emphasized the counterbalance inherent to the human body in motion. In 1968 Nauman created the seminal video Walk with Contrapposto, in which the artist performed an exaggerated walk along a tall, narrow corridor that he had built.

Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, I through VIIImage courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

In 2015/2016 Nauman elaborates and expands upon this action, exposing it to digital manipulation and recombination. The artist’s movements are rendered in positive and negative, moving forward and backward respectively. The soundtrack of each projection captures his movements, compounding the relationship between aural and visual experience. Making reference to his earlier work while ruminating on the bodily ideals of classical sculpture, Nauman’s Contrapposto Studies, I through VII dwells on the history and possibility of representation.

more. philamuseum.org

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