Untitled (Drawing for Enforced Perspective)
© 2013 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

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Untitled (Drawing for Enforced Perspective) 1975
  • Artist Rooms
For Bruce Nauman, drawing is an essential part of his working process and integral to the development of his projects. The artist has commented that, "I do drawings to work the pieces out, to figure out how to proceed". In this drawing for the floor sculpture 'Enforced Perspective' (also held in ARTIST ROOMS) the artist plays with the positioning of steel slabs, considering their impact in the surrounding space. Including annotations such as "End to End and Side by Side pairings … 14 combinations", the diagram also reveals the diversity of this installation, which can be rearranged into different formations.

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Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the 20th century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.


The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Installation art, Perspective


  • Acc. No. AR00578
  • Medium Graphite on paper
  • Size 76.50 x 101.60 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