Created by Dennis Oppenheim, Flower Arrangement for Bruce Nauman responds to a work made by Bruce Nauman in 1966. Nauman’s Flour Arrangements consists of seven photos showing a pile of flour in different positions which documents a month-long project during which Nauman shaped flour into different forms on the floor of his studio.
Oppenheim, an artist known for his earthworks, took the homonym of Nauman’s piece and converted it into its usual formulation. His book presents a six-foot long panorama of flowers among trees but, in his own twist, made the panorama from multiple images of the same setting with subtle differences in the positions of the flowers. The black-and-white panorama is printed by offset lithography in an accordion format that folds into the book’s covers.
This work was published by Multiples Inc. as part of the collaborative boxed set of artists’ books titled Artists & Photographs issued in 1970 by Multiples, Inc. The complete set is exceedingly scarce at this point in time; the portfolio of works was set in a box designed by Dan Graham which contained books, objects, prints, and other materials of various dimensions by nineteen artists along with a text booklet by Lawrence Alloway. The set was published by gallerist Marian Goodman in conjunction with a 1970 exhibition that explored how contemporary artists, including Douglas Heubler, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, and Ed Ruscha, were using photography in their work.
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