Bruce Conner: It’s All True

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Edited by Rudolf Frieling and Gary Garrels

Foreword by Neal Benezra; narrative chronology by Rachel Federman; essays by Michelle Barger, Stuart Comer, Diedrich Diederichsen, Rachel Federman, Rudolf Frieling, Gary Garrels, Johanna Gosse, Roger Griffith and Megan Randall, Laura Hoptman, Kellie Jones, and Kristine Stiles; contributions by Kevin Beasley, Dara Birnbaum, Carol Bove, Stan Brakhage, David Byrne, Christian Marclay, Greil Marcus, Michael McClure, Henry S. Rosenthal, Dean Smith, and the artist collective Will Brown

384 pages, 717 illustrations, 9 ½ x 12 inches, hardcover and softcover

Published in 2016

Challenging the limitations of medium, genre, and style, Bruce Conner (1933–2008) produced an astonishingly diverse body of work that continues to exert influence on artists today. From early assemblages to pioneering works in film, from photography and photograms to prints, drawings, paintings, and conceptual works, Conner pursued a distinctive vision that endlessly broke new ground.

Published in conjunction with the first full retrospective of the artist’s work — organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art — Bruce Conner: It’s All True offers a contemporary perspective on Conner, assessing his place in recent art history. Accompanying extensive plate illustrations documenting all aspects of Conner’s artistic output, a biographical and visual chronology traces Conner’s life and career. Essays take a range of approaches, drawing on personal recollections of artistic collaborations and friendships; focusing on individual objects, groups of works, or Conner’s materials and process; or contemplating and interpreting the artist’s inimitable and ever-changing methods through a thematic lens.

Recipient of the Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award, 2017

Published in association with University of California Press on the occasion of the exhibition Bruce Conner: It’s All True, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (July 3–October 2, 2016), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (October 29, 2016–January 22, 2017), and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (February 21–May 22, 2017)

ISBN 9780520290563 (hardcover)

ISBN 9780918471987 (softcover)

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Bruce Conner

It’s All True

October 29, 2016–January 22, 2017

Bruce Conner: It’s All True is the first comprehensive retrospective of this pivotal American artist’s incredible output, bringing together over 250 objects in various media.


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