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Bruce Nauman 
Portrait of the Artist as a Fountain 
1966 
  
Chromogenic color print 
19 7/8 x 23 3/4 ins 
  
 
LL/33371 
  
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. 
 

 
  
 
  
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