Dear friends and colleagues; most of you will know more, since I'm a new-comer in the field. For an essay to be written: what would you consider the first art assemblage. In paleontology it's fairly simple: think of just more than 500 million years ago. But for art: who 'picked items and constructed an assemblage, while these items were not meant to be part of artwork in origin' (free after William Seitz).

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I think assemblages probably started as actual tools and as they broke, people of that time tried to fix and when that did not work they just stuck them all together.

Something by Cornell, naturally, before him most likely Braque or Picasso if there were 3 dimensional additions-

interesting question.  I'm surprised I don't see any answers here. 

I suppose that so far the first art assemblage must be the newly found Neanderthal ring of stagmites and stalagtites in a cave in France dated to 170,000 years ago - although reasons for it's construction may have been ritual or for some other lost reason - I myself assume that there must also have been some level of creative and artistic selection and expression in it's construction - here is a link to it http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/neanderthals-caves-rings...

Thanks Bryan,

that would bring the medium backwards considerably. Question is: did the Neanderthaler willfully gather the stalagmites and stalagtites in order to create "assembly"or assemblage. Or did these items stand (hang) in the way, and did they deposit these in a corner?

regards, Drager

they did arrange them for certain - as to the purpose - now lost in the annals of time ... there are now thankfully many more articles concerning this initial discovery of thes neanderthal cirles in caves in France - hopefully this link will work and it has good pictures http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/neanderthals-caves-rings...

Drager Meurtant said:

Thanks Bryan,

that would bring the medium backwards considerably. Question is: did the Neanderthaler willfully gather the stalagmites and stalagtites in order to create "assembly"or assemblage. Or did these items stand (hang) in the way, and did they deposit these in a corner?

regards, Drager

Thanks Bryan,

Thanks for the link. Next essay i must look at the definition of assemblage. As of now, the circle of stalagtites and stalagmites indeed seems an early example. Don't know whtehr in terms of 'art', this also fits.

(and I'm not on facebook: medium too much penetrating in a person's existence).

best, Drager

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