Sculpture: Savonarola in Nylon Skeins

San Francisco Artist Bruce Conner paints and pastes together his caustic collages and assemblages from all manner of thrift-shop odds and ends. When they were shown at the Museum of Modern Art's "Art of Assemblage" in 1961, William Seitz, the show's organizer, was sufficiently impressed to rank Conner on a par with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Yet, while the latter two have gone on to Venicelebrity and $20,000 canvases, Conner, at 34, remains mainly an underground hero, known to the world at large only for his...

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