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Joseph Cornell Paperback – November, 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York; First Edition edition (November 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870702726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870702723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you seen the work of Joseph Cornell before and loved it then you will find much to learn from in this book. But, I'm not sure readers encountering Cornell for the first time through this book will be won over. The detailed text by McShine is thorough, covering his life, his surrealist box constructions, collages and cinema. A huge amount of his work is reproduced, and an extensive bibliography are included. However, most of the plates are in black and white, with only a handful of colour photographs of his work. Moreover, the photographs of his work lack depth, so the three-dimensional tactile qualities of his enigmatic box constructions are lost. Perhaps these qualities would be difficult to convey in any photographs. So, it is not the perfect Joseph Cornell book. But the writing is interesting and I still loved looking at the less-than-ideal reproductions of his work.
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Cornell's art was and is unique. His metaphysical assemblages of exquisitely arranged objects and cut-out images are at once enigmatic, poetic and perfect. Never quite a surrealist, nor a dadaist, Cornell worked alone, and in his cellar studio - surrounded by a suburbia typical of America - he created boxes containing magical and improbable worlds. McShine's superb commentary helps us to understand the mystery that was Cornell, his motivation and inspiration. There are ample illustrations of Cornell's work, reproduced faithfully and qualitatively. An excellent place to begin your voyage into the worlds of a truly eccentric genius.
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I've been a fan of Joseph Cornell ever since I discovered him at the Chicago Art Institute. But, like many of you, I thought all he did was shadowboxes. But, oh no. The rich illustrations showed me treatments, themes, and directions I had no idea the artist had ever worked in. The surprises were rather pleasant.
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Contents include the editor's introduction and four significant essays: "the Trancendental Surrealism of JC" by Dawn Ades; "JC: Mechanic of the Ineffable" by a frenziedly allusive Carter Ratcliffe, which among other things places JC in an American context, amongst Thoreau, Dickinson and the Puritans (!); "The Cinematic Gaze of JC" by P. Adams Sitney, a perceptive and authoritative survey of Cornell's films; and "JC: A Biography" by Lynda Roscoe Hartigan. These texts are heavily illustrated with unique supporting visual material. The plates of Cornell's work are unremarkable but there is the usual impeccable and thorough MOMA bibliography and checklist.
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