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Art Make-Up

1967-1968 Bruce Nauman Born: Fort Wayne, Indiana 1941 single-channel video, 16mm film on video, color, sound; 40:00 minutes Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company © 2015 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2008.21.3A-D Not currently on view


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Bruce Nauman is one of the most influential pioneers of film, video, and media art. Art Make-Up, Nauman's first "film environment," examines the physical exertion, anxieties, and transformations of art making. The artist sits in front of the camera and proceeds to paint his body in white, pink, green, and black makeup. The moving image is synchronized and projected on four screens intended to surround the viewer with the anxiety of the transformation.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015

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Dress - accessory - makeup

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media arts