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a. The act of assembling.
b. The state of being assembled.
2. A collection of people or things; a gathering.
3. A collection of items from a single datable component of an archaeological site.
4. A fitting together of parts, as those in a machine.
5. A sculptural composition consisting of an arrangement of miscellaneous objects or found materials.

as·sem′blag·ist n.
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(Art Terms) a creative person or artist who is skilled in putting together works of art based on assemblage
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"I just learned so much from him," Solomon says, "that each unit had its own expression, each element its own beauty." He also spent years as an assistant to famed collector and artist Alfonso Ossorio (also an assemblagist) in New York, meanwhile earning his bachelors of arts at the College of Creative Studios at the University of California Santa Barbara and a masters of fine art degree at New York's Hunter College.
"At night we walk in circles," which was the artist's first commercial solo exhibition in his native Chicago, has established Mendez as a thoughtful and meticulous assemblagist and photographer who arranges diffuse multimedia objects to suggest networks and associations between them.
BANK AUSTRIA KUNSTFORUM * March 21--July 14 * Curated by Heike Eipeldauer * It behooves the twenty-first century to look and look again at pioneering assemblagist and feminist provocateuse Meret Oppenheim (19131985).