black ground; red sketchy letters on a diagonal downward from ULQ: WAR (backwards R), with lighter, sketchy version of same letters in reverse behind bright red letters; outlines of sketchy white letters--RAW--behind lighter orange letters

© Bruce Nauman %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Raw-War, 1971

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Bruce Nauman has throughout his career explored unconventional forms of art and new ways of thinking about what art could be. His work often involves language, human interaction, and the cultural and social implications of visual symbols. Adopting the role of artist-mediator, he uses subversive, ironic, and wryly comic elements to establish meaning. Raw-War is one of Nauman's early "word-play" prints, in which he chooses single words, phrases, or idioms to provoke the viewer to seek the underlying and often-nuanced truths about the human condition. This lithograph was produced during the Vietnam War and serves as a statement on the high human cost of warfare.

Details
Title
Raw-War
Artist Life
born 1941
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2008.94
Provenance
Private collection; (Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York); sold to MIA, 2008.
Catalogue Raisonne
Cordes 7
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black ground; red sketchy letters on a diagonal downward from ULQ: WAR (backwards R), with lighter, sketchy version of same letters in reverse behind bright red letters; outlines of sketchy white letters--RAW--behind lighter orange letters

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

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