Untitled (Hand Circle)
© 2013 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

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Untitled (Hand Circle) 1996

On Tour On tour at UK / YORK / YORK ST MARY'S

  • Artist Rooms
In this work, Nauman has presented us with the basic tools used to make all sculpture: the hands. In the 1960s he made a number of wax casts of his body, all of which were given 'play on word' titles, such as 'hand to mouth', which is literally a cast of his body from hand to mouth. Yet the hands in this sculpture are left to speak for themselves, without a title. The gestures are open to interpretation; they could be sign language for the deaf or even mildly obscene.

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The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.



  • Acc. No. AR00580
  • Medium Bronze, silver solder and copper
  • Size 115.50 x 71.00 x 70.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008