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Joseph Cornell's Vision of Spiritual Order (Essays in Art & Culture)

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Publisher Comments:

The "boxes" and collages constructed by Joseph Cornell (1903-72) are among the most intriguing and beguiling works of art made this century. Old toys, photos, magazine illustrations, bits of electrical wiring - anything in fact more usually left to molder in lumber rooms or junkshops - were hoarded by him as the elemental materials he needed for his constructions. The finished works are visually entrancing, but the intensely personal webs of reverie and association that determined their content make these boxes at once both oddly familiar yet ineluctably strange.

Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material - virtually all Cornell's scrapbooks and source files, as well as correspondence and diaries - supplemented by further details gathered during more than fifty interviews undertaken with the artist's family and acquaintances, including Robert Motherwell and Susan Sontag, Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist who hid so much of his life from the world. Her conclusion, wholly convincing in the light of the evidence she provides, is that Cornell's ultimate subject was the mind itself.

Synopsis:

The "boxes" and collages constructed by Joseph Cornell (1903-72) are among the most intriguing and beguiling works of art made this century. Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material and interviews, author Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist whose boxes were built from a mass of intensely felt personal yearning, attachments, fears, and disappointments. 34 color and 90 b&w illustrations.

Synopsis:

Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material-virtually all Cornell's scrapbooks and source files, as well as correspondence and diaries-supplemented by further details gathered during more than fifty interviews undertaken with the artist's family and acquaintances, including Robert Motherwell and Susan Sontag, Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist who hid so much of his life from the world. Her conclusion, wholly convincing in the light of the evidence she provides, is that Cornell's ultimate subject was the mind itself.

Lindsay Blair's well-written and researched illustrated essay opens many boxes in her quest to find out what was in the mind of this secretive artist... Fascinating.-Time Out

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Chronology

Introduction

1. The Self Observed

2. Origins of Selfhood

3. The Self in Others

4. The Cosmological Search

Conclusion

References

Select Bibliography

List of Illustrations

Product Details

ISBN:
9780948462498
Author:
Blair, Lindsay
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Cornell, joseph
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Assemblage (art)
Subject:
Cornell, Joseph - C
Subject:
Art/Reference
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.23x6.14x.69 in. 1.22 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Reaktion Books - English 9780948462498 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The "boxes" and collages constructed by Joseph Cornell (1903-72) are among the most intriguing and beguiling works of art made this century. Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material and interviews, author Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist whose boxes were built from a mass of intensely felt personal yearning, attachments, fears, and disappointments. 34 color and 90 b&w illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on the widest range possible of primary material-virtually all Cornell's scrapbooks and source files, as well as correspondence and diaries-supplemented by further details gathered during more than fifty interviews undertaken with the artist's family and acquaintances, including Robert Motherwell and Susan Sontag, Lindsay Blair gives us the most detailed picture yet of an artist who hid so much of his life from the world. Her conclusion, wholly convincing in the light of the evidence she provides, is that Cornell's ultimate subject was the mind itself.

Lindsay Blair's well-written and researched illustrated essay opens many boxes in her quest to find out what was in the mind of this secretive artist... Fascinating.-Time Out

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