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La Brea / Art Tips / Rat Spit / Tar Pits
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La Brea / Art Tips / Rat Spit / Tar Pits 1972

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
For his 1972 retrospective, Nauman proposed an outdoor work that would encircle the walls of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which stands adjacent to a famous prehistoric site, La Brea Tar Pits. The piece included the name of the site along with two anagrams of these four words depicted in neon tubing. This work is an indoor version that Nauman made in the same year. Throughout the early 1970s Nauman created several more luminous signs that used a combination of witty word games and bold colour to disturb the meaning of everyday phrases and expressions.


  • Acc. No. AR00607
  • Medium Neon lights and glass
  • Size 61.90 x 58.40 x 5.10 cm (65kg)
  • 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