January 24, 2017
The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.
February 26, 2015
Somewhat elusive, Conner defied categorization. Driven by a questing intelligence, he embraced various art forms ranging from film to assemblage, drawing, collage, and photography. He is known best for his complex and affecting experimental films. Conner’s quick-paced, montage laden cinematic works have won a place in both film and art history; his works are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; among other institutions. Conner enthusiasts–who reference his early film, Cosmic Ray (1961), featuring the music of Ray Charles, and later collaborations with alt-rock icons, such as David Byrne and the band Devo–argue that he is the father of the music video.