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Cornell, Joseph

Works: 176 works in 366 publications in 6 languages and 15,095 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Experimental films  Diaries  History  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works  Short films  Drama 
Roles: Creator, Author, Illustrator, Director, Artist, Film editor
Classifications: N6537.C66, 709.2
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Joseph Cornell : master of dreams by Diane Waldman( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Out of the fantasies that enriched a private, often reclusive life, Joseph Cornell created a "poetic theater of memory." His box constructions and collages feature such characters as a Medici princess, birds, ballerinas, and movie stars. Using the seemingly commonplace materials that he collected in five-and-dime stores and other shops in New York City - cordial glasses, mirrors, marbles, and maps among them - along with clippings from books and magazines, childhood games, and Victorian illustrations, Cornell beckons us into a world at once distantly magical and tantalizingly, nostalgically "home."" "Diane Waldman first met Cornell in 1963, when she was writing her master of fine arts' thesis on the subject of his art, and their friendship continued until his death. Over the years, Waldman has written often about Cornell, adding to the analysis of his art her own personal knowledge gained from interviews with the artist and his family as well as Cornell's letters and papers. In this volume she probes Cornell's elusive imagery in his earliest Surrealist-inspired collages of the 1930s, his masterful box constructions of the 1940s and 1950s, his experimental films, and his final collages in his last years."--Jacket
Joseph Cornell : stargazing in the cinema by Jodi Hauptman( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best known for evocative box-constructions in which he assembled small objects and ephemera, the American surrealist Joseph Cornell (1903-72) was also a devoted fan of the cinema. He thrived on almost daily visits to movie theaters, amassed archives of films and film stills, created short motion pictures, and produced works honoring his favorite female movie stars. This book examines for the first time Cornell's "portrait-homages" to these actresses, Hedy Lamarr, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo, and Jennifer Jones, among others."--Jacket
Dime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The task Charles Simic undertakes in this diverse, essentially unclassifiable book is one of illumination and tribute. Rather than constrict his response to Joseph Cornell's surreal art to the objective terms of critical analysis, Simic sets out to recreate in a different medium - the written language of the poet - the experience of viewing Cornell's enigmatic constructions of boxes, collages, and film. Partly an appreciation of Cornell's work, partly an appropriation of his method, Dime-Store Alchemy interweaves elements of art history, poetry, and biography in a series of short texts that create a kind of poetic equivalent to Cornell's visual art. The artist's premise that the world is beautiful, but not sayable becomes Simic's as well. From incisive meditations on Cornell's methods and aims, Simic moves to create his own assemblages in the spirit of Cornell and the poets he admired - Dickinson, Whitman, and Poe. The resulting prose poems are studded with the same unlikely combinations of found objects and dime-store jewels that inhabit Cornell's boxes. Simic's evocative images, like Cornell's, defy rational explanation but instead invite the viewer to participate in the imaginative life of the art, "to make up stories about what one sees." This highly personal consideration of one of the most important visual artists of the twentieth century conveys the same spirit of chance, the same playful celebration of the miraculous properties of the commonplace, that distinguishes the work of an artist who is, as Simic writes, "in the end unknowable."
Treasures IV : American avant garde film, 1947-1986( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. Shows an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America's foremost avant-garde archives: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library, and The Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States
Joseph Cornell's Manual of marvels : how Joseph Cornell reinvented a French agricultural manual to create an American masterpiece by Analisa Leppanen-Guerra( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Cornell's Manual of marvels introduces one of Joseph Cornell's most brilliant yet least-known works. The 'Untitled book object : Journal d'agriculture pratique et journal de l'agriculture, ' as the work is formally known, is extremely fragile ... Our ambition has been to make the entire work accessible. To that end, Joseph Cornell's Manual of marvels includes an interactive CD that will allow the reader to explore the entire book; a collection of essays about Cornell and the making of the Untitled book object; and an abridged facsimile edition of the book."--[Vol. 2], p. 5
A Joseph Cornell album by Dore Ashton( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Cornell and surrealism( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art, is sometimes regarded as a solitary star within the constellation of great Surrealists. This volume considers connections between Cornell and the Surrealist group during the 1930s and 1940s, which mark Cornell's artistic development and the heyday of Surrealism in the United States. He shared with the Surrealists his basic conception of the visual image as the product of poetic juxtaposition. In Cornell's best-known works - the collages, small constructions of found objects, and classic shadow boxes - he took this key Surrealist method to new directions. This book also examines Cornell's achievement in other formats, including his ground-breaking collage film and the open-ended and nonlinear achives of printed materials that he called "explorations." Joseph Cornell and Surrealism also explores the ideas on art, literature, music, and dance that nourished his unconventional artistic output. -- from inside cover
The amateur as auteur : discovering paradise in pictures by David Shepard( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American experimental film has existed since the technological inception of cinema, through its adolescent rambles of 1900-1919, rising phoenix-like during the high silent era, and finally matured and spread throughout the '30's and onward. The background against which the experimentalists toiled provides a fascinating review of Americana coupled with numerous cross-currents, successes and failures, and an unfailing desire to create on film an image that can be viewed as an independent and provocative art. These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to achieve a true sense of cinematic intimacy
Joseph Cornell : du 13 mars au 8 avril 1989, Galerie 1900-2000 by Edouard Jaguer( Book )

13 editions published in 1989 in French and Italian and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masterworks of American avant-garde experimental film, 1920-1970( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 37 restored avant-garde films from some of the most acclaimed names of American avant-garde filmmaking
ABC's by Charles Henri Ford( Book )

2 editions published in 1940 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Bishop( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and work of American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Examines her preoccupation with perception and explains why her craftsmanship is so admired. Illuminates her work with art by Joseph Cornell and the poet's own paintings and collages, combined with discussions and commentary by Mark Strand and Howard Moss. Designed for use in a television course on modern American poetry
Joseph Cornell by Joseph Cornell( Book )

8 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and French and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le mouvement des images by Marcel Duchamp( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten short experimental films made between 1925 thru 1973 by various artists
Joseph Cornell by Diane Waldman( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in Dutch and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inleiding tot het werk van de Amerikaanse surrealistische kunstenaar (1903-1972)
Joseph Cornell : 4-28 March, 1987 : Waddington Galleries by Joseph Cornell( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Cornell's theater of the mind : selected diaries, letters, and files by Joseph Cornell( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Cornell is at once a legendary yet living presence in American art. His famous boxes, with their ineffably perfect choice of elements - the stuffed birds, the buttons and toys, the fragments of old theatrical posters, the poignant allusions to the worlds of the 19th century ballet and opera - are some of the most recognizable signatures in all of 20th century art. This book is the first extended selection of Cornell's diaries and other written material to be published, and from his writings Cornell emerges as a deeply dedicated and conscious artist, though one whose personality was every bit as unusual as many had perceived. Cornell used his diaries as he used his boxes, to capture and preserve his passing feelings, his momentary urges, and his anguished hesitations. He was an incessant and brilliant recorder of his thoughts as he considered his art, or traveled to New York to haunt antiquarian bookstores and shops where he collected material for his boxes. We see here his deep immersion in French symbolist poetry and his intense interest in his surrealist contemporaries. We see also his plangent yearning for "les sylphides." the fairies of the ballet world who seemed to be reincarnated for him in the form of certain waitresses, dancers, actresses, and shopgirls of his own world. Cornell corresponded with an astonishing range of people including Parker Tyler, Marianne Moore, Tony Curtis, Robert Motherwell, and Susan Sontag. His letters were often sent in the form of collages, and several of them are reproduced in this book. Mary Ann Caws has edited these diaries from a vast and prolix collection of scribbled notes and journals left by Cornell. Her text, which provides an extended introduction to the life and work of Cornell, traces the unique correspondence of the life, the art, and the writings of a great American artist. In addition to John Ashbery's foreword, an appreciation of Cornell by Robert Motherwell is published here for the first time
The Devil's plaything : American surrealism( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edwin S. Porter and other early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films. American parody supplied Douglas Fairbanks with enough unusual material to produce the truly surreal When the clouds roll by (1919). The expressionistic Cabinet of Dr. Calagari (1919) influenced American sensibilities throughout the 1920s as seen in Beggar on horseback (1925), The life and death of 9413-a Hollywood extra (1927) and The telltale heart (1928). The emphasis shifted when amateurs J.S. Watson, Jr., Joseph Cornell, and Orson Welles crafted a unique variety of American surrealism on film unfettered by European concerns"--Container
Joseph Cornell et les surréalistes à New York by Matthew Affron( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le présent ouvrage accompagne l'exposition "Joseph Cornell et les surréalistes à New York" présentée au musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, du 18 octobre 2013 au 10 février 2014. Bien que reconnu comme un des acteurs majeurs de l'art américain de la première moitié du XXe siècle, Joseph Cornell a souvent été présenté comme un satellite dans les recherches artistiques de son temps et notamment dans la constellation surréaliste. Depuis l'exposition itinérante organisée par le Museum of Modern Art de New York présentée en 1981 au musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, aucune exposition monographique ne lui a été consacrée en France par un musée alors que plusieurs galeries à Paris se sont intéressées à lui : galerie 1900-2000 ; Baudouin Lebon ; Karsten Greve ; Virginia Zabriskie
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Joseph Cornell : master of dreams
Alternative Names
Cornell, Joseph, 1903-1972

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell Amerikaans filmregisseur

Joseph Cornell artista statunitense

Joseph Cornell artiste et cinéaste proche du surréalisme

Joseph Cornell US-amerikanischer Bildhauer, Maler und Experimentalfilmer

Kōneru, Jozefu

Корнелл, Джозеф

جوزيف كورنيل

ژزف کورنل مجسمه‌ساز، نقاش، و کارگردان آمریکایی

コーネル, ジョゼフ



English (128)

French (24)

Italian (3)

Japanese (2)

Serbian (1)

Dutch (1)

Joseph Cornell : stargazing in the cinemaDime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph CornellA Joseph Cornell albumDime-store alchemy : the art of Joseph CornellJoseph Cornell's theater of the mind : selected diaries, letters, and filesJoseph Cornell : navigating the imaginationSurrealist art : the Lindy and Edwin Bergman collection at the Art Institute of Chicago