Bruce Nauman - Editions New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Eleven Color Photographs 1966-1967/1970Current Collections1/8 Collection Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany2/8 Collection Australian National Gallery, Canberra3/8 Collection Hallen fur neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (Finger Touch No.1 numbered 4/8)5/8 Bound to Fail, Graphische Sammlung Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Sammlung Dr. Rolf H. Krauss6/8 Heithoff Family Collection7/8 Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York8/8 Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

  • Exhibited

    Some things never change.A young artists obsession with an establishment artist.The love-hate parental role the older generation bears while the younger generation criticizes, chastises, pushes aside and surpasses.Bruce Nauman was in his mid twenties when he first created this image and the related wax and cast iron sculptures with the more explicit title Henry Moore Bound to Fail.Other works from the series focus more on Nauman's own struggles, Feet of Clay, Eating My Words and Self Portrait as a Fountain.Historians have focused on the different possible uses of the word "bound."Bound by (given restrictions) and Bound (inevitable).As with all of Nauman's works there is not one answer and as sophisticated 21st Century art viewers we don't want there to be.We just want Bruce Nauman to continue with his profound, funny and uncomfortable art making.

  • Literature

    Christopher Cordes II. pp. 128-29; Neal Benezra, Kathy Halbreich and Joan Simon, 175

  • Catalogue Essay

    We recently discovered the duplicate numbering of this example with the complete set numbered 2/8 in the Collection of The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
    This work is now designated and recognized as an artist's proof in the artist's archives and comes with a statement stating such signed by Bruce Nauman


Bound to Fail, from Eleven Color Photographs

Chromogenic-development print, on wove paper affixed to foamcore (as issued), the full sheet,
S. 19 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (50.2 x 60.3 cm)
signed, titled, dated `1967' mistakenly inscribed 2/8 in pencil on the reverse, this work is now designated and recognized as an artist’s proof in the artist’s archives, published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, craquelure in the surface, slightly discolored in places along the lower and left sheet edges, a foxmark in the lower right corner, scattered soiling in upper right corner, a few nicks at the sheet edges (particularly lower sheet, some with associated minor surface loss), soiling and discoloration on the reverse, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $108,100


8 June 2010
New York