Clea rsky and Laair

Bruce Nauman (born 1941), Clea rsky ([New York: Leo Castelli Gallery, 1968/69]) Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) oversize 2010-0182Q

Graphic Arts is fortunate to hold most of Bruce Nauman’s works on paper, including these rare artists’ books.


Clea rsky has been called a finite view of infinite space. Nauman said “Clea rsky was a way to have a book that only had colored pages—pictures of the sky. I like the idea that you are looking into an image of the sky but it is just a page; you are not really looking into anything … LA Air was the same idea, but it was also a response to Clea rsky using polluted colors instead.”

Bruce Nauman (born 1941), Laair ([S.l. : Multiples, 1970]). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Oversize 2006-0327Q


On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, as many people watched. Around this time, Nauman moved from Northern California to Pasadena and was working on his sky sculpture, Untitled 1969. While the piece was never realized in 1969, Nauman’s work was performed by ForYourArt Skywriters over the Arroyo Seco on September 12, 2009. Curator Andrew Berardini arranged it for an exhibition at the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts. See the video: