Joseph Cornell : Navigating the Imagination

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Joseph Cornell (19031972) was a self-taught yet highly sophisticated artist who is celebrated for his pioneering achievement in collage, assemblage, and film. Cornell's lyrical compositions combine found materials in ways that reflect a very personal exploration of art and culture and that represent his belief in art as an uplifting voyage into the imagination. This stunning book is published to accompany the first retrospective of the artist's work in twenty-six years. In her essay, Cornell scholar Lynda Roscoe Hartigan focuses on the seminal experiences and concepts that shaped Cornell's evolution as an American artist with a singular style of seeing. His transformation of found materials, distillation of far-flung ideas and traditions, and mingling of the vernacular and the erudite resonate with the spirit of synthetic innovation associated with American art and culture. Additionally, eight thematic sectionsNavigating a Career, Cabinets of Curiosity, Dream Machines, Bouquets of Homage, Nature's Theater, Geographies of the Heavens, Crystal Cages, and Chambers of Timeexplore the major ideas that recur in his work. The book also includes a bibliography, numerous illustrations of the artist's source material and previously unpublished works, and much more.

Author Biography

Linda Roscoe Harigan is Chief Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 10
Navigating the Imagination
When Does an Artist Become an Artist?p. 14
Navigating a Careerp. 92
Cabinets of Curiosityp. 144
Dream Machinesp. 174
Nature's Theaterp. 204
Geographies of the Heavensp. 232
Bouquets of Homagep. 268
Crystal Cagesp. 302
Chambers of Timep. 334
Catalogue of the Platesp. 362
A Select Dual Bibliographyp. 376
Indexp. 386
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