Bruce Nauman - Art Make-up (1967-68)

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Art Make-Up

Bruce Nauman

1967-68, 40 min, color, silent, 16 mm film

No. 1, White 1967, 10 min, color, silent, 16 mm film
No. 2, Pink 1967-68, 10 min, color, silent, 16 mm film
No. 3, Green 1967-68, 10 min, color, sound, 16 mm film
No. 4, Black 1967-68, 10 min, color, sound, 16 mm film

In each of these four related films, the artist applies a successive layer of colored makeup (white, pink, green, and finally black) to his face and upper torso. While he masks himself literally, the title implies that in so doing he also creates himself, "makes himself up." Initially the films were intended to be projected simultaneously on four walls of a room. Although this form of installation was never realized for this piece, Nauman employed the method for subsequent film and video installations.




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