We round up the reviews for the Tate Modern’s newly opened exhibition focusing on the work of the American artist.

One Hundred Live and Die by Bruce Nauman, Tate Modern, London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The Observer: **** “No one visiting this show could fail to notice Nauman’s prodigious influence over contemporary art.”

The Times: “Baffling and bleak, Bruce Nauman’s work is hugely influential — and the perfect art for the Covid world”

The Guardian: ****** “However well I think I know Nauman’s art, and most of the works here, this pared-down survey of over 50 years of work continues to thrill and to disturb.”

The Upcoming: *** “There’s much of interest in Nauman’s long and ground-breaking career, and there are moments of real intrigue in this exhibition. However, it lacks a central narrative to energise it and the overwhelming noise levels threaten to set visitors’ teeth on edge.”

The Telegraph: **** “Bruce Nauman makes a habit of turning images back-to-front. So, let’s start by considering what the 78-year-old American artist is not. He is not, to be frank, a purveyor of visual pleasure. He doesn’t do beauty in the manner of, say, Matisse, who once wrote that art should be like a good armchair, providing relaxation from fatigue. Coming across one of Nauman’s installations is more like encountering a live wire. Danger: high voltage. Don’t visit his new retrospective at Tate Modern, then, if you want a fix of joie de vivre.”

Evening Standard: *** “A lot of Nauman’s work is mesmerising and thought-provoking. I just wish some of it would shut up for a bit.”

The Arts Desk: **** “I love Nauman’s work; his sardonic fatalism may be chilling, but his wicked humour still lifts the spirits. Take courage, it seems to say; all is not lost until the very last. We may be doomed, but we’’ll go down laughing. The timing of the show gives the work a darker edge, though.”

Londonmumsmagazine.com: “Major works like Double Steel Cage Piece 1974, Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) and Clown Torture 1987 highlights Nauman’s distinctive preoccupations and how he incessantly revisits them – yet never repeats himself.”

Bruce Nauman is on display at the Tate Modern until the 21st February 2021.