Playgrounds of Disturbance: Bruce Nauman's "Existentialism" in a Modernist Gallery Space and the Problems of Analogue Video Art in the Gallery

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Reconstruction
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Reconstruction: Studies in contemporary culture, 2009, 9 (3), pp. 1 - 20
Issue Date:
2009-01
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From the 1960s, the American Conceptual artist Bruce Nauman would challenge Modernist gallery structures through his video art. This paper addresses the effect of Nauman's pioneering video art within White Cube gallery spaces particularly in relation to the High Modernist period (1968-90 app.) by examining its meaning from a particular standpoint. It does this by discussing Nauman's video artworks in relation to aspects of existentialist philosophy and theatre as Nauman's avant-garde works would cross into these territories. Nauman's work I argue, would manifest in such a way that would, in terms of his works being displayed, lead to the re-sculpting within the period of High Modernism of the Modernist gallery paradigm set by the Museum of Modern Art in 1929.
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