Bruce Conner, ‘BREAKAWAY’, 1966, The Museum of Modern Art

Digitally restored 2016

Image rights: Courtesy Conner Family Trust. © 2016 Bruce Conner


Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016)

About Bruce Conner

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.”

American, 1933-2008, McPherson, Kansas, based in San Francisco, California