Bruce Conner 1933–2008

Bruce Conner was born in McPherson, Kansas in 1933 and died (by his own account) several times, after spending fifty years creating one of the most idiosyncratic and interesting bodies of work of the latter half of the twentieth century. Never content to work in one medium or mode, Conner explored moments of chaos and order, grief and ecstasy, our private and collective experiences, through assemblage, photography, film, collage, drawing and conceptual vagaries.

Conner once called Kansas “a place to be from,” and, like many young creative people of his generation, he was eventually drawn to the west coast. He studied literature and art at several schools, including Kansas Art Institute, Wichita University, University of Nebraska and briefly, Brooklyn Museum School. He later admitted his perpetual enrollment was largely to avoid the horror of being drafted. Painting was the first medium he explored seriously, citing Modigliani, Paul Klee and the ethos of Dada as early influences. Though he was painting at the height of abstract expressionism, and in an abstract mode, he found very little kinship with the style, its disciples and New York, calling the city “a rat maze, going from one little box to another little box … to get from one safe haven to another.”

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Auction Results Bruce Conner

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled (artist's book) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled (artist's book)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $20,000

BRUCE CONNER, 16mm film print (nine films) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

16mm film print (nine films)
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000

BRUCE CONNER, Still Life | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Still Life
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,400

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,312

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000

BRUCE CONNER, Alien Land | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Alien Land
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,900

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,900

BRUCE CONNER, Rain | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Rain
estimate: $700–900
result: $3,640

BRUCE CONNER, collection of letters and ephemera | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

collection of letters and ephemera
estimate: $200–300
result: $3,250

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,120

BRUCE CONNER, Report (16mm film print) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Report (16mm film print)
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,000

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,500

BRUCE CONNER, #601 (from SET OF SIX) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#601 (from SET OF SIX)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,470

BRUCE CONNER, #707 and #705 (two works from SET OF SEVEN) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#707 and #705 (two works from SET OF SEVEN)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,210

BRUCE CONNER, #604 (from SET OF SIX) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#604 (from SET OF SIX)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,210

BRUCE CONNER, Legal Tender (two works) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Legal Tender (two works)
estimate: $700–900
result: $2,125

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled Fragment (SHORT POEM) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled Fragment (SHORT POEM)
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,080

BRUCE CONNER, #121 TWELVE MOONS | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#121 TWELVE MOONS
estimate: $700–900
result: $2,000

BRUCE CONNER, #115 | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#115
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,000

BRUCE CONNER, #127 | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#127
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,875

BRUCE CONNER, #100 MANDALA | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#100 MANDALA
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,690

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled (three works) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled (three works)
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,560

BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,500

BRUCE CONNER, #210 and #209 (two works) | Wright20.com

Bruce Conner

#210 and #209 (two works)
estimate: $500–700
result: $1,500