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Portrait of the Artist as a Fountain
Chromogenic color print
19 7/8 x 23 3/4 ins
In Portrait of the Artist as a Fountain, the half-naked Bruce Nauman first elevated his body to the status of a traditional sculptural motif (this work references Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (1917), a urinal signed and exhibited as art). By spewing liquid, Nauman mimics ejaculation and urination, demoting the functions of his mouth from the intellectual process of speech to the physical process of elimination.