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 Charles Schwab, Norah and Norman Stone, Danielle and Brooks Walker, Jr., and Pat and Bill Wilson
- © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Permanent URL
- Artwork status
- Not on view at this time.