Bruce Nauman

Partial Truth

About this artwork

Nauman is perhaps best known for his neon signs, which employ a mixture of vibrant colour and wordplay. In contrast to these, his recent artworks often employ a more sombre style. Comprised of a black granite slab carved with the words ‘partial truth’, this sculpture appears rather like a memorial plaque, and is reminiscent of 1960s minimalist artworks. Nauman here inscribes an abstract concept on to a physical object, perhaps questioning the ability of art to reveal hidden truths. Situated within a gallery space, language nevertheless becomes a tangible entity that demands the interaction between viewer and object.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Partial Truth
  • date created:
    1997
  • materials:
    Granite
  • measurements:
    55.00 x 60.70 x 6.00 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:
    AR00575
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman