The challenge involves in categorising Bruce Nauman is related not only to the breadth of different media with which he works but to his persistence in exploring art as an investigation of the self. The problem touches on the subjectivity of the artist. How does one find a single, all-encompassing category that locates the work of such an artist? For Nauman, the self is not merely a repository of expressive needs; it is a complex organic and social mechanism continually being redefined in relation to physical space. The question that continues to surface in Nauman's art is whether it simply exists as an ongoing work-in-process, an aggregate of systemic interventions that have no clear resolution.
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