Indiana native Bruce Nauman received his BS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964 and his MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1964. From 1966 to 1968, he taught at San Francisco Art Institute and in 1970 at the University of California, Irvine. Nauman has recently been featured in solo exhibitions at venues including Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Berkeley Art Museum (both in 2008); Castello di Rivoli Museum d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino, The Menil Collection, Houston, and Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal (all in 2007); Tate Modern (2004); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2003); DIA Center for the Arts (2002); Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1997); and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1993). He has recently appeared in group exhibitions at venues such as Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (all in 2008); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2007-2008); Dallas Museum of Art (2007); Nationalgaleria Hamburger Bahnhof and Kunsthaus Zürich (both in 2006); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005); and Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (both in 2004). In addition to being included in the 1991 Carnegie International, Nauman's recent biennial appearances include Biennale of Sydney (2008); Münster Skulptur Projekte (2007); Magasin 3, Stockholm (2006); and Venice Biennale (2005, 2007).
—From acquisition narrative, 2009, by Douglas Fogle and Karin Campbell