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Bruce Nauman (b. 1941)
Bruce Nauman (b. 1941)

Double Poke in the Eye II

Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) Double Poke in the Eye II neon and white aluminum box 24 x 36 x 6 1/4 in. (61 x 91.4 x 15.9 cm.) Executed in 1985. This work is number thirty-nine from an edition of forty plus eight artist's proofs.
Brooke Alexander Inc., New York
Private collection, New Jersey
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 17 May 2007
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
J. Silverthorne, "Bruce Nauman: Collaboration," Parkett, no. 10, September 1986, p. 16 (another example illustrated).
N. Benezra, et. al., Bruce Nauman: exhibition catalogue and catalogue raisonné, exh. cat., Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, 1994, p. 294, no. 333 (another example illustrated).
J.D. Ketner II, Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works of Art, exh. cat., Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006, p. 78, no. 69 (another example illustrated).
New York, New Museum, Bruce Nauman, 1987 (another example exhibited).
Cologne, Galeries Daniel Buchholz, Multiples, September-October 1987 (another example exhibited).
New York, Leo Castelli Gallery, Art Against AIDS, June 1987 (another example exhibited).
New York, Josh Baer Gallery, Schizophrenia, September 1987 (another example exhibited).
Syracuse, Everson Museum of Art; Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts Center, New York, IBM Gallery of Science and Art and Miami, The Center for the Fine Arts, Digital Visions: Computers and Art, September 1987-September 1988, p. 144 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Cleveland Museum of Art, Illuminations: The Art of Light, September-December 1987 (another example exhibited).
Indianapolis Center for Contemporary Art, Herron Gallery, Welcome Back: Painting, Sculpture and Works on Paper by Contemporary Artists from Indiana, January-February 1988 (another example exhibited).
New York, Kent Fine Art, Altered States, April-May 1988 (another example exhibited).
La Cité des Arts et des Nouvelles Technologies de Montréal, 1988, p. 76.
New York, Brooke Alexander Editions, Selected Prints 1960-1989, March-May 1989 (another example exhibited).
Chicago, Donald Young Gallery, Bruce Nauman: Prints 1970-89, September-October 1989, p. 127 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
New York, Hirschl and Adsler Modern, Multiples, May-June 1990 (another example exhibited).
St. Louis, Washington University, Steinberg Hall, Bruce Nauman: Light Works, January-March 1993 (another example exhibited).
Sale Room Notice
Please note this work is not signed on a paper label affixed to the upper surface.

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“Nauman’s great innovation with the neons was having seen in the sparkling allure of a commercial medium the until-then untested opportunity to ‘advertise’ existential malaise.”
- Robert Storr

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