BALTIMORE, MD (June 4, 2014)—The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art (FoMaCA) present a rare opportunity for audiences to hear from art insiders about Bruce Nauman’s innovative career and influence on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. Participants include Nauman’s studio manager Juliet Myers, gallerist Paul Schimmel, and art critic Peter Plagens. Every audience member at the June 12 event will be entered to win a free copy of the new biography Bruce Nauman: The True Artist (Phaidon, May 2014, $125). Written by Plagens, the hardback book features 300 beautifully illustrated works by Nauman. Tickets are $15 for FoMaCA members, $20 general admission, and free for students with ID.
Bruce Nauman has been recognized since the early 1970s as one of the most innovative and provocative of
America’s contemporary artists. Born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nauman works in sculpture, video, film,
printmaking, performance, and installation, often finding inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of
everyday life. After receiving his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964, and an M.F.A. from
the University of California, Davis in 1966, Nauman had the simple but profound realization that “If I was an
artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became
more of an activity and less of a product.”