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Green Horses

Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941). Green Horses, 1988. Video installation (color, sound) with two color video monitors, two DVD players, video projector, and chair; running time: 59 minutes, 40 seconds. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2007 and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee (2007:7a-k). © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

© Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Bruce Nauman

American, born 1941

Green Horses, 1988

video installation (color, sound) with two color video monitors, two DVD players, video projector, and chair

Edition: unique

running time: 59 minutes, 40 seconds, looped

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2007 and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee

2007:7a-k

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Provenance

the artist;
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, Germany;
Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium;
Sperone Westwater, New York;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art, June 26, 2007

Class

Installations
Video art
Projections

Work Type

Installation (visual work)
Video art
Projection (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Bruce Nauman finds inspiration in the activities, speech, and materials of everyday life. He has commented that, when confronted with the question of what to do in his studio soon after graduating from college in the mid-1960s, he had a simple but profound realization: “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art.” Working in sculpture, video, film, printmaking, performance, and installation, Nauman is not concerned with developing a characteristic style. Instead, he is interested in the ways in which a process or activity can transform or become a work of art.

To create Green Horses, Nauman revisited his work from the 1960s, when he often used himself as a subject. Culled from footage depicting the artist engaged in the laborious process of putting a young horse through a series of paces, the film is periodically inverted, creating the impression that initially the horse is riding the man and, when Nauman is seen riding the horse, that the breaking process is nearly complete. The footage is presented on both a large-scale projection and two television monitors. The final configuration of the work’s installation is critically important and alludes to the editing process; you could imagine that the artist has left the room and you are momentarily privy to the act of artistic creation. Green Horses gives us the rare opportunity to assume the artist’s gaze by sitting in an empty chair, a continually recurring motif in Nauman’s work that serves as a surrogate for the artist himself.

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