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September 19, 1991 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A demonic undercurrent surfaces in Bruce Conner's otherwise extremely elegant abstract drawings. Spanning three decades, his works on paper in this museum-quality exhibition at Michael Kohn Gallery show the artist to be making some of the best work of his career. Conner came to prominence in the early '60s with a dark body of work made from the damaged scraps of a throw-away society. His assemblages consisted of personal mementoes scavenged from the garbage and affixed to other bits of rubbish.
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December 13, 2009
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.), David Pagel (D.P.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Bruce Conner in the 1970s The first exhibition of Conner's work since his death last year zeroes in on the 1970s. It's a peculiar choice for a show and one the artist, an irascible malcontent, would probably love. It makes you think of his work from that decade differently -- not as the low point of a long career filled with highlights, but the purest expression of Conner's profound suspicion of anything that smacks of success, stinks of inauthenticity or reeks of entitlement.
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October 11, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Like an altar built in annual observance of the Day of the Dead, an assemblage sculpture built from cast-off junk by Bruce Conner looks time squarely in the face. There amid the decay, the maw of death yawns wide. And so, as the only cogent response, the artist invites us to luxuriate in the sumptuous, sensuous stuff of life. This potent dynamic also operates in Conner's landmark short film, bluntly titled "A Movie" (1958).
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February 27, 2009 | Mark Olsen
In a two-night event at separate venues, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, REDCAT and the Los Angeles Filmforum present two programs of the film work of artist Bruce Conner, who passed away in 2008 at 74. This is an increasingly rare opportunity to see the work of this deeply influential filmmaker, who was a notorious stickler regarding the exhibition of his films. The artist's widow, Jean Conner, and longtime friend Dennis Hopper will attend both events.
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June 10, 1990 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The art world is widely regarded as a free zone, a place where anything goes and revolution rules the day; in fact, it's a rigidly structured fiefdom governed by a strict code of unwritten rules. Multimedia artist Bruce Conner is an anarchist to the soul, and he's never been able to resist messing with those rules.
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February 27, 2009 | Mark Olsen
In a two-night event at separate venues, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, REDCAT and the Los Angeles Filmforum present two programs of the film work of artist Bruce Conner, who passed away in 2008 at 74. This is an increasingly rare opportunity to see the work of this deeply influential filmmaker, who was a notorious stickler regarding the exhibition of his films. The artist's widow, Jean Conner, and longtime friend Dennis Hopper will attend both events.
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June 12, 2008 | PAUL YOUNG
Fifteen years may seem like a long time in today's art world, but it was exactly 15 years ago that critic Dave Hickey predicted the onslaught of "beauty" among artists of the 1990s. (Or more precisely, "the language of visual effect, the rhetoric of how things look, the iconography of desire.") He was right, of course, although one could argue over why. Was it because we had grown tired of "idea" art? Or because buyers were demanding more lush and decorative works? Whichever the case, things haven't changed much.
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July 10, 2008 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Bruce Conner, a Bay Area artist who used sculpture, drawing, film and photography to explore mortality and other cosmic mysteries, died Monday at his home in San Francisco. He was 74. The cause was complications from a liver condition, according to his art dealer, Michael Kohn. Throughout his career, Conner moved from one art form to another, starting in the 1950s with collage sculptures known as assemblage that he made of junk, castoffs and debris.
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November 29, 2009
Reviews by Christopher Knight (C.K.), David Pagel (D.P.) and Leah Ollman (L.O.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. Critics' Choices Bruce Conner in the 1970s The first exhibition of Conner's work since his death last year zeros in on the 1970s. It's a peculiar choice for a show and one the artist, an irascible malcontent, would probably love. It makes you think of his work from that decade differently -- not as the low point of a long career filled with highlights, but the purest expression of Conner's profound suspicion of anything that smacks of success, stinks of inauthenticity or reeks of entitlement.
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March 28, 1987 | ROBERT McDONALD
It's not unusual for downtown galleries to exhibit the works of artists based in Los Angeles. But it is unusual for them to go somewhat farther afield and exhibit the works of artists based as far away as San Francisco. The Pink and Pearl Gallery (711 8th Ave.) is showing works by Bruce Conner, whose identification with the exotic (some think demonic) city to the north and its art goes back to the Beat era of the 1950s.
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July 10, 2008 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Bruce Conner, a Bay Area artist who used sculpture, drawing, film and photography to explore mortality and other cosmic mysteries, died Monday at his home in San Francisco. He was 74. The cause was complications from a liver condition, according to his art dealer, Michael Kohn. Throughout his career, Conner moved from one art form to another, starting in the 1950s with collage sculptures known as assemblage that he made of junk, castoffs and debris.
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June 12, 2008 | PAUL YOUNG
Fifteen years may seem like a long time in today's art world, but it was exactly 15 years ago that critic Dave Hickey predicted the onslaught of "beauty" among artists of the 1990s. (Or more precisely, "the language of visual effect, the rhetoric of how things look, the iconography of desire.") He was right, of course, although one could argue over why. Was it because we had grown tired of "idea" art? Or because buyers were demanding more lush and decorative works? Whichever the case, things haven't changed much.
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October 11, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Like an altar built in annual observance of the Day of the Dead, an assemblage sculpture built from cast-off junk by Bruce Conner looks time squarely in the face. There amid the decay, the maw of death yawns wide. And so, as the only cogent response, the artist invites us to luxuriate in the sumptuous, sensuous stuff of life. This potent dynamic also operates in Conner's landmark short film, bluntly titled "A Movie" (1958).
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May 2, 1997 | SUSAN KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bruce Conner is one of those rare artists who, contrary to art world protocol, continues to reinvent himself, recoiling from consistency with what can only be called gentlemanly flair.
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September 19, 1991 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A demonic undercurrent surfaces in Bruce Conner's otherwise extremely elegant abstract drawings. Spanning three decades, his works on paper in this museum-quality exhibition at Michael Kohn Gallery show the artist to be making some of the best work of his career. Conner came to prominence in the early '60s with a dark body of work made from the damaged scraps of a throw-away society. His assemblages consisted of personal mementoes scavenged from the garbage and affixed to other bits of rubbish.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1990 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The art world is widely regarded as a free zone, a place where anything goes and revolution rules the day; in fact, it's a rigidly structured fiefdom governed by a strict code of unwritten rules. Multimedia artist Bruce Conner is an anarchist to the soul, and he's never been able to resist messing with those rules.
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