Teaching Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman riding horseback on his New Mexico ranch in August, 2000. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

Bruce Nauman riding horseback on his New Mexico ranch in August, 2000.
Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Bob Elfstrom.

“A good teacher is like a good artist. They go right to the most difficult part of whatever’s going on…” —Bruce Nauman

In today’s Exclusive, filmed in August 2000, Bruce Nauman discusses two teachers who influenced his approach to horseback riding and art making: master horse trainer Ray Hunt and painter Wayne Thiebaud. Nauman explains how both men taught him “how to pay attention.” Nauman is shown on horseback at his New Mexico ranch, and walking up his outdoor installation Model (1998), a stairway embedded in the landscape of his property. Read more about Model in the Art21 interview “Bruce Nauman: Stairways.” Watch the video below.

Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel and individual contributors.

Contributor
Ian Forster is ART21's associate producer. He joined the staff in October 2009, first working on ART21 William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 6. In addition to his work on ART21′s broadcast programming for PBS, Forster oversees the Web video series ART21 Exclusive and ART21 Artist to Artist and is deeply involved with ART21 New York Close Up.
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