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Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage.

Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. Influenced by the Surrealists, he was also an avant-garde experimental filmmaker.

If you like Joseph Cornell's work and want to learn more, this is an excellent book for the shelf or the coffee table. One person found this helpful.

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Diane Waldman's personal and scholarly JOSEPH CORNELL Master of Dreams brought comfort at a difficult time. Waldman met Cornell in 1963 while writing her MFA thesis about him and she spent a lot of time with him until his death 9 years later. The book is organized chronologically with the phases of Cornell's While reading Howard Zinn's The People's History of the United States I experienced some personal losses. Unable to focus on additional upsetting news, I turned instead to a book on art.

WALDMAN, Diane 1936-PERSONAL: Born February 24, 1936, in New York NY; daughter .

WALDMAN, Diane 1936-PERSONAL: Born February 24, 1936, in New York NY; daughter of Robert and Beatrice Rose (Albert) Deleson; married Paul Waldman (an artist), 1957. Source for information on Waldman, Diane 1936-: Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series dictionary.

This book by Diane Waldman covers Cornell's entire career- and it will be sought out by old and new fans of his work


Cornell, Joseph, contrib. Joseph Cornell (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, c1967), by Diane Waldman. multiple formats at archive. Books - News - Features - Archives - The Inside Story.

Combines a survey of the evolution of Cornell's work, from his earliest collages to his famed shadow-box variations, with a selection of Cornell memorabilia never before shown to the public and a critical appraisal of his art

Fantastic, Cornell is a poet and a life worthy of a novel.
This is a 1980 publication by the Museum of Modern Art, New York meant to accompany a Cornell retrospective exhibition. It occurs in approx. 296 11.25" x 8.3/8" paperbound pages. This isn't a great publication, frankly. The introductory essays don't read well to me; although, there is plenty of good information in all of them.
Where this book most comes up wanting is in the reproductions. Unfortunately, only about 10 percent of the 300 illustrations are in color and then not all of them are full page plates. Of the B&W remainder, most of them are small and grainy reproductions that leave much to be desired. While acknowledging that this publication was a mere accompaniment to the main show, it does give one pause to consider that the institution spent all that time and money to create a 300 page monograph and then went with inferior reproductions. I don't get it.
There was recently an excellent monograph published (2015?) which will likely be my next Cornell book purchase.
Cornell's life was truly the artist's life and an extraordinary and admirable undertaking, if one does say so. If his works fail to capture the popular imagination (an entirely ironic development considering his overriding intention was to stimulate such minds), they can be mesmerizing to the artistically inclined, I think.
Cornell was an autodidact and appears to have taken up artwork simply from inspiration. He led an eccentric and challenging, yet almost entirely enviable life in its peripatetic tenacity. Even if you pass on this book, I do encourage you to get something about him, preferably one with lots of lush, high quality reproductions.
For those who've discovered the fascinating & beautiful universe of Joseph Cornell, this collection of in-depth essays explores various facets of his life & work. Each one is thoughtful, filled with subtle detail & explication, without succumbing to the curse of some academic writing, i.e., being abstruse & mind-numbing. These essays illuminate rather than obscure, and reveal the complexity & richness of Cornell's work.

However, if you're coming to Joseph Cornell for the first time, this probably isn't the best book to start with, as there's more text than image -- and many images are in black-&-white, though there is a color section. For the novice, there are several excellent volumes with rich color plates, and I urge you to go to them first, particularly the magisterial "Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay ... Eterniday". Still, I very much like the inclusion of many of Cornell's collages in this volume, along with images of his more famous boxes. But it's the words that matter in this book.

With that caveat for beginners, I highly recommend this collection!
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.