Bruce Nauman selected for 2009 Venice Biennale

Bruce Nauman, “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign),” 1967. Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension supports; 59 x 55 x 2 inches

Season 1 artist Bruce Nauman, a pioneer of Post Minimalist video and performance art, will represent the United States at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The Philadelphia Museum of Art was chosen as the commissioner for the 2009 United States Pavilion. Carlos Basualdo, its curator of contemporary art, and Michael R. Taylor, its curator of modern art, will organize the Nauman exhibition. After the museum acquired one of Mr. Nauman’s early neon works – “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths” (1967) – the curators began considering Mr. Nauman’s career and proposed an exhibition of his work for the 2009 Venice Biennale.

Read the New York Times announcement here.