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Bruce Conner

American, 1933–2008

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Bruce Conner

American, 1933–2008

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Biography

Setting himself and his work in critical opposition to mainstream American society, versatile and restlessly inventive artist Bruce Conner was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950s. He first became known for his assemblages (made between 1957-1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials. He gained international admiration for his surrealistic sculptures and innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage. Referring to his wide-ranging and experimental output, he claimed: “A lot of things I’ve been involved in I’ve done because nobody else was doing them.”

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Whitney Biennial, and 4 more
Biography

Setting himself and his work in critical opposition to mainstream American society, versatile and restlessly inventive artist Bruce Conner was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950s. He first became known for his assemblages (made between 1957-1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials. He gained international admiration for his surrealistic sculptures and innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage. Referring to his wide-ranging and experimental output, he claimed: “A lot of things I’ve been involved in I’ve done because nobody else was doing them.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Bruce Conner
Articles Featuring Bruce Conner
How “Father of the Music Video” Bruce Conner Influenced Generations of Artists
Jun 28th, 2016
How “Father of the Music Video” Bruce Conner Influenced Generations of Artists
10 Video Artists Who Revolutionized Technology in Art
Mar 3rd, 2014
10 Video Artists Who Revolutionized Technology in Art
Beat Artist Bruce Conner Gets His Due at IFPDA
Nov 4th, 2013
Beat Artist Bruce Conner Gets His Due at IFPDA
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