Die 70er Jahre Bruce Conner

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2010, 216 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 19.3 × 25 cm, German

Price: €19

Few artists have contributed seminal works to as many genres as Bruce Conner (1933-2008). An assemblage artist famed for his use of nylon stockings, he also pioneered the use of found footage and the high-speed film editing now familiar to us from MTV, and was one of the earliest filmmakers to use pop and soul music on his soundtracks. In the 1960s, Conner collaborated with Toni Basil (of “Mickey” fame) on his dance film Breakaway, and in the 1970s with Devo, David Byrne and Brian Eno on music videos. This publication examines the formal parallels between Conner’s works as an artist and filmmaker, and looks at drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, lithographs, prints, photograms and photographs alongside three of Conner’s best-known films: Breakaway (1966), Crossroads (1976), and Marilyn Times Five (1968-1973).

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Brass Handles Bruce Conner

Published by J&L Books, 2016, 128 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 16.5 × 22.8 cm, English

Price: €45

A project by Will Brown. Text by Jean Conner. Photographs by Jason Fulford.

Artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner’s (1933–2008) mobility was severely limited for the last five years of his life, when he rarely left the San Francisco home he shared with his wife, Jean. To aid in his physical navigation of its spaces, he worked with assistants to install a succession of solid brass handles in each and every room—surrounding the stove, down the boat-like stairwell, inside the recesses of the bedroom closet. At last count, the handles, a labyrinth of critical support, numbered 163. Still in situ after his death in 2008, the handles are arguably Conner’s last great work—at once physical and metaphysical, fragmentary and elusive, elegant and anonymous.

Will Brown is a collaborative project founded by Lindsey White, Jordan Stein and David Kasprzak.

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Rip Tales: Jay Defeo’s Estocada & Other Pieces Jordan Stein

Published by Soberscove Press, Chicago, 2021, 160 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 14.8 × 22.2 cm, English

Price: €24

In 1965, Jay DeFeo (1929–89) was evicted from her San Francisco apartment, along with The Rose, the two-thousand-pound painting that would make her legendary. The morning after her front window was sawed open to make way for the colossus, DeFeo attempted to salvage Estocada, a large-scale painting on paper stapled directly to her hallway wall. Unfinished and never documented, the little-known piece was ripped down in chunks, saved, and reanimated years later in the studio through photography, photocopy, collage, and relief.

Rip Tales traces Estocada’s material history, woven into this narrative are other Bay Area stories that likewise privilege transformation, multiplicity, intuition, and absence. Drawing on interviews and personal experience, curator Jordan Stein explores these themes in the work and lives of artists Zarouhie Abdalian, April Dawn Alison, Ruth Asawa, Lutz Bacher, Bruce Conner, Dewey Crumpler, Trisha Donnelly, and Vincent Fecteau.

You can watch Jordan Stein and Hilton Als talk about the book here.

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Film at Wit’s End : Eight Avant-garde Filmmakers Stan Brakhage

Published by McPherson & Co Publishers, New York, 1991, 183 pages (b/w ill.), 15.1 × 22.7 cm

Price: €12

In these eight biographies, Stan Brakhage brings us into intimate acquaintance with some of America’s most influential independent filmmakers; Jerome Hill, Marie Menken, James Broughton, Christopher MacLaine, Maya Deren, Sidney Peterson, Bruce Conner and Ken Jacobs.

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