Top 10 Quotes by Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

What is it that an artist does when he is left alone in his studio? My conclusion was that if I was an artist and I was in the studio, then everything I was doing in the studio should be art . . . . From that point on, art became more of an activity and less of a product.

Bruce Nauman
When I was in art school, I thought art was something I would learn how to do, and then I would just do it. At a certain point I realized that it wasn't going to work like that. Basically, I would have to start over every day and figure out what art was going to be.
Bruce Nauman

Learn to recognise when you need to know something.

Bruce Nauman
I don't like to think about being an influence. It's embarrassing.
Bruce Nauman

I think humor is used a lot of the time to keep people from getting too close. Humor side-steps and shifts the meaning.

Bruce Nauman
It's interesting when you make things or do things that open up the possibilities for making more things, or different kinds of things.
Bruce Nauman

I'm surprised when the work appears beautiful, and very pleased. And I think work can be very good and very successful without being able to call it beautiful, although I'm not clear about that. The work is good when it has a certain completeness, and when it's got a certain completeness, then it's beautiful.

Bruce Nauman
Generalised anger and frustration is something that gets you in the studio, and gets you to work - though it's not necessarily evident in anything that's finished.
Bruce Nauman

What I am really concerned about is what art is supposed to be - and can become.

Bruce Nauman
I've always been interested in what happens in the studio.