Joseph Cornell's reputation has only grown since his death in 1973. His boxes - stuffed with such objects as flowers, buttons and toys - are among the most unique achievements in the modernist canon. His life seems as mysterious as his boxes. For virtually all of his adult existence, he lived in New York with his mother and brother, amid the mass of materials he had accumulated. Though he showed his work regularly, his isolation and eccentric force made him appear an "idiot savant". This is a selection of his diaries and other writings. Cornell used his diaries as he used his boxes, to hold and preserve his feelings. We see here his deep immersion in French Symbolist poetry, and his intense interest in his Surrealist contemporaries. We also see his poignant yearning for "les sylphides", the fairies of the ballet world. He also corresponded with an astonishing range of people, including Marianne Moore, Tony Curtis and Susan Sontag. His letters were often sent as collages, several of which are reproduced.
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Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is the author of Dora Maar.From Library Journal:
Joseph Cornell seems the perfect 20th-century artist as enigma: he led a frugal life in a small house in Queens, New York, crafting boxes with allusions to 19th-century opera and ballet using scraps of photographs, tiny objects, and found materials in framed combinations that place him among the best of modern artists. Caws has carefully selected about 1/30th of Cornell's diary entries; included many of his letters, which read like poems; added bits and pieces of file materials; and given us a view of the artist's quiet, cautious, and mysterious world in his own words. Caws's introduction and occasional sidebars explaining the context and timing of Cornell's writings are welcome contributions for the reader. Lovingly designed, and as understated as the artist , the book has only one flaw: its limited use of visuals, which might have served to connect the subtle beauty of his art and the ethereal tone of his writings. Recommended for academic, public, and museum libraries.
- David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., Ct.
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Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110500015449
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 500015449
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0500015449