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Body Pressure

Body Pressure, 1974, Lithograph
Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941)

Bruce Nauman is an American artist working in a variety of media from sculpture, neon, drawing, and printmaking to performance.  In this work combining text art and performance art, Nauman gives a series of instructions for interacting in the architectural space, allowing the viewer to become part of the artwork. Nauman's instructions invite the visitor to press their body against the gallery wall, and consider the effect of this action on their body.