The Creepy World of Bruce Conner
“As a fifteen-year-old Pop Art aficionado wandering through the Whitney Museum’s 1964 Sculpture Annual, I discovered Conner’s work in the form of the assemblage Couch. There was no warning. It was like rounding a corner and bumping into Death or seeing the title Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! on a 42nd Street marquee. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
J. Hoberman reflects on the “sinister,” “indelible” artwork of Bruce Conner, subject of a current retrospective on view through October 2.
[Bruce Conner. HEART/WORM/MIRROR. 1960. Wax, mirror, metal can, metal rings, string, and metallic paper on Masonite. 19 × 17 ¾ × 4 ½ in. (48.3 × 45.1 × 11.4 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bagley Wright. © 2016 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and Vivian Kurz. Photo: Ben Blackwell, courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art]