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A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s

Author: Constance M. Lewallen

By Constance M. Lewallen, with additional essays by Robert R. Riley, Robert Storr, Anne M. Wagner


One of the most innovative, provocative, and influential of America's contemporary artists, Bruce Nauman spent his formative years in Northern California--first as a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, then living in and around San Francisco. This splendidly illustrated book, created to accompany an exhibition of the same name, explores Nauman's relationship to the place where he created his earliest and, in some cases, his most strikingly original works during the mid-to-late 1960s. A Rose Has No Teeth demonstrates that Nauman established much of his artistic vocabulary during this early period and that he laid the groundwork for fundamental ideas he addressed throughout his oeuvre, such as the role of the artist, the function of art, and the primacy of the idea over its form.


Published in conjunction with A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, on view at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film archive from January 17 to April 15, 2007.


Hardcover. Published in 2007 by BAM/PFA and the University of California Press. 256 pages. 75 color and 120 black-and-white images.