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Joseph Cornell's Vision of Spiritual Order (Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture) Paperback – April 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0948462498 ISBN-10: 0948462493

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... anyone with an interest in Cornell would appreciate and benefit from this publication The Art Book a fascinating tour-de-force Midwest Book Review Blair has led us one step closer to a fuller understanding of this famously enigmatic yet essential figure Rain Taxi

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Lindsay Blair received her doctorate on Joseph Cornell from the University of Essex. She was Associate Producer of 'Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box', a BBC Omnibus program first shown in 1991.
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  • Series: Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948462493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948462498
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Nunnally Jr. on September 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Joseph Cornell has become a favorite of many art-lovers. His assemblage boxes of materials on topics ranging from rabbits to Lauren Bacall to the ornaments and symbols of childhood make for fascinating viewing. Cornell is a curious personality. On the one hand, he self-documented to a far greater extent than many artists, so that a relatively rich record of "what the artist was thinking" exists. On the other hand, he lived his life in a reclusive, introspective, elusive way, so that the viewer never quite feels that s/he has "gotten one's arms" around his perspective.
Lindsay Blair's "Joseph's Cornell's Vision of Spiritual Order" uses as its critical basis the foundations of Cornell's beliefs and influences, in an effort to help make the more elusive aspects of his work a bit clearer. She writes excellent passages about the way in which Cornell was influenced by, but certainly not at all co-opted by, the surrealist artists. She adroitly uses passages from Cornell's own writings, as well as analogies from his personal history, to provide cogent criticism which is less "art critic projection" and more a sincere, highly readable attempt to "get into" the mind of a man whose mind assiduously resisted such invasions.
Ms. Blair recognizes that Christian Science, Mr. Cornell's faith, has an impact on his work. In this respect, her writing is less revelatory, as her summation of the new thought ideas of Christian Science are a bit reductive. Mr. Cornell's work obviously has strong religious roots. Although Ms. Blair seems to have read up on some basic ideals of the faith, the passages in which she discusses Mr.
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