Widely recognized as one of the most significant artists working today, Nauman is regularly at the top of the auction house top sellers list. His highly sought after works bristle with insight and originality, and question the role of the artist as a communicator and exploiter of visual symbols. Drawing his inspiration from the activities and the speech of everyday life, Nauman's work consists of sculpture, performance, video, and… Read more
About the artwork
Infrared Outtakes is based on a series of photographs made almost 40 years earlier when Nauman distorted his facial features for the camera wielded by photographer Jack Fulton. During the project the artist experimented with infrared film, generally used for medical or scientific purposes at the time, giving his skin a burnished yellowish tinge. Ranging from the slick to the grotesque, Nauman's facial manipulations play with the elasticity of skin, and together form a fascinating self-portrait of one of America's most prolific living artists.