The Artist as Nuisance / by Chris Hall

"The artist as hero is long gone from American culture, and the artist as social critic is ineffective." Robert Hughes

So what is left?  Referencing Bruce Nauman in a review for Time magazine in 1995, Robert Hughes suggests that all we are left with is the artist as nuisance.  Is that all an artist has to offer, all that an artist can ever hope to be?  I sincerely hope not.  

I, at least, aspire to greater things.

Bruce Nauman's Self Portrait as Fountain, 1966

Bruce Nauman's Self Portrait as Fountain, 1966

Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture, 1987

Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture, 1987

Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture, 1987

Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture, 1987