American Assemblage Art
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Assemblage Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.
After articles and essays from Resource Library are links to valuable online resources found outside our website. Links may be to museums' articles about exhibits, plus much more topical information based on our online searches. Following online resources may be information about offline resources including museums, DVDs, and paper-printed books, journals and articles.
We recommend that readers search within the TFAO website to find detailed information for any topic. Please see our page How to research topics not listed for more information.
Please send suggestions for additional content by sending an email to
Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:
Luis Gutierrez: Another Kind of Truth; essay by John Zarobell (10/12/14)
Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey (8/13/07)
Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment (2/7/06)
Red Grooms: Ruckus in Roslyn; essays by Constance Schwartz and Franklin Hill Perrell (11/4/05)
Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment (8/24/05)
Trashformations East; essay by Lloyd E. Herman (1/28/05)
Marionettes as Sculpture: The Art of Pablo Cano (7/16/04)
Baby-Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois (12/29/03)
Lost Identities: Surrealist Works of Jo Owens Murray and Clifford Lamoree, with essays by Graziella Marchicelli (4/29/03)
Johanna Nitzke Marquis and Richard Marquis: A Commentary on Nature and the Indy 500 (1/3/03)
Marisol, essay bt Eleanor Heartney (7/19/01)
New Paintings by Mary Cate-Carroll at the Montage Gallery (12/8/99)
We Live in the Bizarro World: Assemblages by David Gilhooly (2/99)
Online information from sources other than Resource Library:
Betye Saar: Keepin' It Clean is a 2017 exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum which says: "This solo exhibition of seminal contemporary artist Betye Saar features the artist's series of washboard assemblage sculptures-an ongoing body of work Saar started in the late 1990s." Also see artist's website. Accessed 6/17
David George Andersen: Word Play is a 2017 exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University which says: "Andersen's works garnered praise from other artists and many galleries. Andersen addressed the many hypocrisies of modern American life through his politically charged, irreverent, and whimsical mixed media assemblages. He used photography and found objects to create an artistic commentary on politics, religion, and issues of modern life. Andersen's works were sometimes humorous and frequently provided piercing and thought-provoking perspectives." Accessed 5/17
Julian Schnabel Plate Paintings 1978-86 is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum, which says: "Julian Schnabel's Aspen Art Museum exhibition is the first museum presentation to focus on the renowned American artist's now culturally iconic plate paintings. Largely unexhibited since the early 1980s, Schnabel's pieces reveal the artist's interest in material experimentation, the physicality of surface, and the relationship between the figure and abstraction." Accessed 12/16 Also see artist's website. Accessed 12/16
Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is a 2017 exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston which says: "Ward captures the makeshift qualities of everyday life and imbues his production with a visceral relationship to history and the real world. The exhibition includes artworks made from soda pop, shoelaces, shopping carts, and a fire escape, materials that speak to the artist's distinctive experimentation. " Also see artist's website. Accessed 5/17
Timothy Washington: Love Thy Neighbor is a 2014 exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum which says: "Born in 1946 and raised in the largely Black communities of South Los Angeles, Washington is a notable contemporary of Southern California's canon of Black assemblage artists that broke ground in the 1960s and 1970s, including David Hammons, Betye Saar, and John Outterbridge." Accessed 2/17
A Tumultuous Assembly: Collage, Assemblage, and the Found Object, an exhibit held May 17, 2014 to July 27, 2014 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum's website says: "Drawn from MMoCA's permanent collection, A Tumultuous Assembly presents contemporary interpretations of collage and assemblage, created during the second half of the twentieth century, by such artists as Don Baum, Henry Botkin, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ray Yoshida, among others" Accessed February, 2015
Return to Topics in American Representational Art
Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History. Individual pages in this catalogue will be amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes sections for improved readability. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers to view the latest updates.
Search Resource Library for everything about American art.
Copyright 2017 Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation. All rights reserved.