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Bruce Nauman
(American, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1941)
Untitled (Study for Diamond Mind II), 1975
Graphite on paper
Inscription: Diamond Mind/Circle of Tears/Fallen All Around me/Fallen Mind/Mindless Tears/Cut like a Diamond/Layout -/12 pc. stone 7 1/2° Rhomboids/Granite 15" on a side
30 5/8 x 39 7/8 inches (778 x 1013 mm)
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors' Committee, 2008; 2008.10
Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.
© 2008 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Nauman's superb drawings reveal the creative process behind his work in other media, such as sculpture, performance, video, photography, and film. The present sheet is a study for a sculpture composed of twelve rhomboid blocks distributed in concentric circles, now in the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Netherlands. Arrows, corrections, and erasures document the artist's thought process through the particular space of the installation. Inscriptions on the drawing include not only practical instructions and dimensions but also a poetic text that recalls Nauman's interest in language and wordplay.

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