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Artist Rooms: Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern until 24 July 2018

Bruce Nauman’s interest is โ€˜in what art can be, not just what painting can be,โ€™ and he embraced a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, video, neon and printmaking. ๐Ÿ”บ ๐Ÿ”ธ ๐Ÿ”น ๐Ÿ”ณ ๐Ÿ”ฒ

In the mid-1960s, having first studied mathematics and physics, and then art, Bruce Nauman became involved with the art scene in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Throughout his career, Nauman has investigated who we are, physically and mentally, using the human body and the space it inhabits. His own body became an important tool and reference point, whether performing in videos, or being cast to form part of a sculpture. Using self-imposed limitations and systems, he exposes the bodyโ€™s vulnerability, as well as the human potential for violence and our need to communicate.

Words are both the subject and the form of many of Naumanโ€™s works. Through thought-provoking wordplay, his neon pieces and works on paper cast new light on everyday phrases. Sound and the human voice are also significant aspects of his artistic approach, be it using his own voice or employing actors to perform unsettling and humorous scenarios. Disrupting the traditionally quiet space of the gallery, Nauman wants the experience of his work to be: โ€˜like getting hit in the face with a baseball bat. Or better, like getting hit in the back of the neck. You never see it coming; it just knocks you down.โ€™

www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/bruce-nauman

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Times:
10am โ€“ 6pm Friday and Saturday until 10pm

Price:
Free entry

After Life @ Horniman Museum and Gardens / until 2nd March 2014

After Life at Horniman Museum and GardensTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:30โ€“17:30

@ Horniman Museum and Gardens, Balcony Gallery, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

Free entry

www.horniman.ac.uk

Poignant photographic portraits of extinct and endangered animals preserved in museums. This free exhibition by Sean Dooley brings to life the stories of our planetโ€™s lost and fading species.

Natural history collections are a physical catalogue of the amazing diversity of nature. They allow scientists to describe and understand species; they also provide a first-hand opportunity for the public to experience the variety of life on our planet.

However, every preserved specimen represents a life lost. The human need to understand, enjoy and benefit from nature must be balanced against the right of other species to the continuation of life. This balance is all too often lost, with human interests taking precedence.

This exhibition portrays specimens of entire species that are losing, or have lost, the fight for survival. Because of their rarity these specimens are important, either as sources of knowledge that can help conserve species or as reminders of what has been lost. These portraits by artist Sean Dooley are intended to document and share their fading beauty.

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