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Title: Assemblage

  • Visual representation response to
  • City of Glass (Auster)

What is Assemblage?
A word from the French joining Its a
collection of persons or things, a gatheringour
movement sessions are an assemblage Its the
act of assembling or the state of being
assembled Its an artistic composition made from
scraps, junk, and odds and ends (as of paper,
cloth, wood, stone, or metal) Its the art of
making assemblages
On Assemblage from the gallery of
  • Today, assemblage encompasses all works that
    are assembled from found objects or material from
    everyday life. The term is frequently associated
    with a very Bauderlarian sensibility in its
    expression of modern life and, in particular, of
    urban culture.

Some history
Jean Dubuffes early 1950s work is noted as the
beginning of assemblage art because he titled his
collage arrangement of actual butterflies,
assemblages d'empreintes. http//www.lazaruscor
Jean Dubuffet French, b. Le Havre, 1901 -
1985  Butterfly-Wing Figure, OCTOBER
1953 Butterfly wings and gouache on paperboard 9
7/8 x 7 5/16 in. (25.0 x 18.5 cm.)
  • The found object works of Pablo Picasso
    preceded Dubuffet. The Tate Gallery in the U.K.
    refers to Picasso's Cubist constructions, (three
    dimensional works that he began to make from
    1912) as early examples of assemblage.
  • Still Life 1914 is made from scraps of wood and a
    length of tablecloth fringing, glued together and

25.4 x 45.7 x 9.2 cm, Tate Gallery, London.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Marcel Duchamps Trois Stoppages Étalon 191314
    assembled 3 threads glued to 3 painted canvas
    strips, each mounted on a glass panel three wood
    slats shaped along one edge to match the curves
    of the threads the whole fitted into a wood box,
    11 1/8 x 50 7/8 x 9"

  • Kurt Schwitters (1887-1949) experimented
    assemblages - which he called Merzbild, which in
    1919 he defined as
  • The word Merz denotes essentially the
    combination, for artistic purposes, of all
    conceivable materials, and, technically, the
    principle of the equal distribution of the
    individual materials ... A perambulator wheel,
    wire-netting, string and cotton wool are factors
    having equal rights with paint.

Bild mit Korbring (Picture with Basket Ring) 1938
(MOMA, New York.) Assemblage wood, rattan
ring, paper, iron and steel nails on wood, 15 x
11 3/4" (38.1 x 29.8 cm)
Merzbild 46 A. Das Kegelbild (Merzpicture 46 A.
The Skittle Picture), 1921 Assemblage of wood,
oil, metal, and board on board, with artist's
And there is Jean Crotti (1878-1958) who in 1916
(Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)
  • Le Clown (lead wire, glass eyes, and colored
    paper attached to glass)

Joseph Cornell
  • Its the work of 20th century New York artist
    Joseph Cornell (1903 - 1972) that has brought
    such popularity to assemblage. Cornell is
    Americas salute to the Surrealism movement.
  • Joseph Cornell almost never left New York City,
    yet his works transport viewers to worlds far
    beyond the mundane realities of his urban,
    terrestrial life. It is in between the spaces of
    surreal fantasy and the invocation of an
    infinite, temporal expanse that Cornell truly
    captures your imagination. (from the
    exhibitJoseph Cornell Navigating the
    Imagination Peabody Essex Museum in Salem,
  • His use of boxes has given the art a standard
    feature. You will use a box or frame to construct
    your assemblage.
  • Make a box
  • Use a found wooden box
  • Use a found small cabinet drawer

Untitled (Grand Hôtel de l'Observatoire), 1954.
Box construction and collage, 18 5/16 x 12 15/16
x 3 7/8 inches. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
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  • Space Object Box "Little Bear, etc." motif,
    mid-1950s- early 1960s. Box construction and
    collage, 11 x 17 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. Solomon R.
    Guggenheim Museum

  • Defense d'Afficher Object (Dont display
    limelight) 1939 (140 Kb) Construction, 8 15/16
    x 13 15/16 x 2 1/8 in Collection Denise and
    Andrew Saul

  • Object (Abeilles) (bees) 1940 (190 Kb)
    Construction, 9 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 3 7/16 in
    Collection Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Wiseman,
    Beverly Hills, CA

  • Untitled 1942 (150 Kb) Construction, 13 1/8 x
    10 x 3 1/2 in Private collection, New York

  • Untitled (Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall)
    1945-46 (110 Kb) Construction, 20 1/2 x 16 x 3
    1/2 in Collection Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman,

  • Untitled (Pink Palace) c. 1946-48 (160 Kb)
    Construction, 10 x 16 7/16 x 3 3/4 in Museum of
    Modern Art, San Francisco

  • Untitled (Hotel du Cygne) c. 1952-55 (170 Kb)
    Construction, 19 3/16 x 12 3/4 x 4 1/2 in
    Castelli Feigen Corcoran

  • Untitled (Apollinaris) c. 1954 (170 Kb)
    Construction, 15 15/16 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/8 in
    Collection Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman, Chicago

  • From Sothebys 2001 auction catalog
  • Lot 195, "Construction II (Custodian, Silent
    Dedication to MM)," by Cornell, is a homage to
    Marilyn Monroe even though the objects in the
    mixed media construction do not directly relate
    to the actress. The excellent work measures 18 by
    12 by 5 inches and was executed in 1963. It has
    been consigned by the Collection of 7-Eleven,
    Inc., and has an estimate of 100,000 to
    150,000. It sold for 92,750

Josep0h Cornell Construction II (Custodian,
Silent Dedication to MM (1963)
I had to include this city art.
  • This Thiebaud oil on canvas was estimated to sell
    for between 180,000 to 220,000 at a 2001
    Sothebys art auction. It sold for 456,750. It
    is property of the Collection of 7-Eleven, Inc.

"Interchange," by Wayne Thiebaud, 1979 (39X26
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