I had always liked the idea of action photos...Like sport events. Basketball. They’re floating in the air, part of this suspended sphere, and they’ve got these beatific looks on their faces, they’re in anguish. Or combat photography.

Bruce Conner

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: $5,313
BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,000
BRUCE CONNER, Untitled | wright20.com

Bruce Conner

Untitled

estimate: $5,000–7,000
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: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,750
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