Bruce Conner (American, 1933-2008)
32 x 70-3/4 x 27 in. (81.3 x 179.7 x 68.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase with funds donated by Mr. David H. Steinmetz III and an Anonymous Foundation 
Accession Number:
© 2008 Bruce Conner 
Not on View

A major figure of the Beat Generation of artists working in California during the late 1950s and 1960s, Bruce Conner is a prolific artist who has worked with a variety of media including assemblage, collage, film, sculpture, painting and printmaking. Conner’s assemblages are made from cast-off pieces of furniture, found objects and other unconventional art materials. The narratives of his assemblages are often as raw and jarring as the materials he uses to make them and often incorporate blatant references to challenging social issues such as sexual pathology, war, death and human suffering.

COUCH is among Conner’s notable macabre creations. This disturbing assemblage portrays a severed and decomposing wax figure lying on a decaying, paint-splattered settee. Although Conner stopped making assemblages in 1964, the powerful works he created during his formative years remain greatly influential.


David Steinmetz III, 1969 to;
Anonymous Foundation, to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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