Developed around the theme of potential failure, Bound to Fail adopts the concept of Bruce Nauman’s work of nearly the same name and presents groundbreaking, unconventional and thought-provoking works that pushed the boundaries of contemporary art.
Developed around the theme of potential failure, Bound to Fail adopts the concept of Bruce Nauman’s work of nearly the same name and presents groundbreaking, unconventional and thought-provoking works that pushed the boundaries of contemporary art. Removed from the immediate accessibility of traditional auction fare, the works are drawn from artists or bodies of work that were sometimes overlooked or undervalued, yet consistently demonstrated an overwhelming drive to pursue their creative vision. The auction will launch 20th Century Week in New York and features over 30 works from artists who always thought outside the box — with Nauman’s figurative and literal homage to the eternal artist’s struggle at its center.
When Henry Moore’s sculptures were first displayed, they were deemed so shocking that opponents decapitated them and daubed them with paint. In 1938, the notorious director of the Tate, J.B. Manson, declared that the British sculptor’s work would only enter the gallery over his dead body.
Years later however, Moore experienced a significant turn of fate, emerging as Britain’s unchallenged representative of Modern art. Bruce Nauman’s Henry Moore Bound to Fail, made in 1967, addresses the attacks on Moore through Nauman’s own witty brand of inquiry. Formed from a truncated sculpture of Nauman’s own bound torso, it is a reference both to Moore’s struggles and the artist’s literal restraint.
Bruce Nauman (b. 1941)
Henry Moore Bound to Fail
Conceived in 1967 and executed in 1970.
© 2016 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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