Art Make-Up

  • Bruce Nauman, Art Make-Up, 1967-1968, single-channel video, 16mm film on video, color, sound; 40:00 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2015 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company, 2008.21.3A-D

Exhibition Label

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

Title
Art Make-Up
Artist
Date
1967-1968
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company

Mediums Description
single-channel video, 16mm film on video, color, sound; 40:00 minutes
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure
  • Dress – accessory – makeup
Object Number
2008.21.3A-D
Palette
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Linked Open Data URI

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