Bruce Nauman

Untitled (Hand Circle)

About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Untitled (Hand Circle)
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Bronze, silver solder and copper
  • measurements:
    115.50 x 71.00 x 70.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00580
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman