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Study for Holograms

A work made of screenprint on kromekote paper.
© 2018 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of screenprint on kromekote paper.




Bruce Nauman
American, born 1941

About this artwork

Derived from one of a series of photographs, this screenprint depicts the lower half of the artist’s face with exaggerated expressions. The focus is the subject’s mouth and its transformation by squeezing, stretching, and pulling. The performative imagery convey the body as a plastic form that can be manipulated. Fundamentally arbitrary, the facial gestures are expected to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. After photographing the faces, Nauman filmed them. He eventually decided to translate them into holograms, since he felt that the medium more suitably captured their sculptural form and meaning.


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Prints and Drawings


Bruce Nauman


Study for Holograms


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1970


Screenprint on Kromekote paper


66 × 66 cm (26 × 26 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

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© 2018 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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