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Cornell, Joseph,

American artist, 1903–72, b. Nyack, N.Y. Cornell is best known for his surrealist-flavored shadow boxes. These are relatively small constructions, within glass-fronted shallow boxes or frames, made of a wide variety of found objects, maps, photographs, engravings, and other materials. The Cornell boxes possess a unique visual magic, and their selection and arrangement are extraordinarily evocative and filled with personal symbolism. Hôtel du Nord (c.1953; Whitney Mus., New York City) is a representative work.


See biography by D. Solomon (1997); D. Ashton and J. Ashbery, ed., A Joseph Cornell Album (1974, repr. 2002); A. Leppanen-Guerra and D. Tashjian, ed., Joseph Cornell's Manual of Marvels (2012); studies by D. Waldman (2002), I. Schafffner (2003), and L. R. Hartigan (2007).

Cornell, Joseph

(1903–72) assemblage/collage artist; born in Nyack, N.Y. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. (1917–21), worked for his father's textile company, and after his father's death, moved to Utopia Parkway, Flushing, New York City, where he spent the rest of his life. Something of a recluse, he collected ephemera, books, and objects. Often regarded as a Surrealist, he was influenced by Max Ernst's La Femme 100 Tetes, a collage-novel (1929). His work consisted of small boxes for walls or tables, as in Homage to the Romantic Ballet (1942). His compartmentalized boxes, such as Multiple Cubes (1946–48), led to other works, as seen in the Eclipse (c. 1960–62) and the Clay Pipe (c. 1962) series. He is considered the master of miniature worlds that become magic reincarnations of the past.
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I have had exceptional opportunities to study and research sculptures by many artists, such as Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and David Smith.
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Its grand monuments are not the striving sculptures of Max Ernst, Victor Brauner, or the duo Lalanne--on the sale of whose dubious work bias eventually built an international network of galleries--but the exquisite miniature boxes of Joseph Cornell assembled in obsessional devotion to the stars of the Romantic ballet, such as Marie Taglioni.
artist Joseph Cornell, which consist of old photographs, antique paraphernalia and the scavenged remains of once-beautiful objects, housed in simple glass-framed wooden boxes.
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The overall effect is haunting; domestic, revealing, and almost narrative, in ways reminiscent but not derivative of the work of Joseph Cornell.
Joseph Cornell's Manual of Marvels may not be suitable for active library lending as such-it pairs a hardcover facsimile journal complete with cutouts and tip-ins with paperback book of essays on Joseph Cornell and an interactive CD-but is still a top pick for any arts collection or enthusiast.
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