description of Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists by Bruce Nauman
This fifteen-inch-tall, seven-foot-long rectangular sculpture hangs on the wall like a giant bar of golden wax. There are five distinct impressions on the front of the piece, as if made by people pressing a knee into the sculpture while the material was hardening. The sculpture, however, is not made of wax. Rather, it is polyester resin on a fiberglass structure. Four of the impressions begin with divots and then extend downward, beyond the bottom edge of the sculpture, as if both a knee bone and shin pressed into the material. One divot, the second from our right, has no shin impression, and resembles a crater in the shape of a kidney bean.
- Artwork title
- Wax Impressions of the Knees of Five Famous Artists
- Artist name
- Bruce Nauman
- Date created
- fiberglass and polyester resin
- 15 5/8 in. x 85 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (39.69 cm x 216.54 cm x 6.99 cm)
- Date acquired
- Collection SFMOMA
The Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Collectors' Forum, Doris and Donald Fisher, Evelyn Haas, Mimi and Peter Haas, Pamela and Richard Kramlich, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meyer, Nancy and Steven Oliver, Helen and C
- © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- Not on view at this time.