Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is one of my favorite artists. He made collages and box constructions from found works. Check out the works below, and click images to enlarge. His works are amazing. These particular works can be found at The Art Institute of Chicago



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Yellow Sand Fountain), early 1950's, 14-3/4" x 8-5/8" x 4"




Joseph Cornell, Soap Bubble Set, 1948, 9" x 13" x 3-3/4"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Forgotten Game), c. 1949, 21-1/8" x 15-1/2" x 3-7/8"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), c. 1957, 9-1/8" x 14-1/2" x 3-3/4"



Joseph Cornell, The Eagle, the Arrow and the Dolphin, c. 1960, 11-1/16" x 17-3/4" x 5-1/4"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Black Hunter), c. 1939, 12" x 8" x 2-7/8"




Joseph Cornell, Ann-In Memory, October 8, 1954, 12-3/4" x 10-1/2" x 3-1/4"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Butterfly Habitat), c. 1940, 12" x 9-1/8" x 3-1/8"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Hotel du Nord), c. 1950, 18-1/2" x 12-3/8" x 4-3/8"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Sequestered Bower), c. 1948, 15-1/2" x 12-1/8" x 4-7/8"



Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Hotel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957, 17-5/8" x 12-1/4" x 4-7/16"



Although his works regularly sell in the five, six and SEVEN figure range (GULP!), I still love looking at them and daydream about making my own collages and box constructions. One of these days I am actually going to do it!

30 comments:

The Cottage Cheese said...

Ooh, I like...

Jack Daniel said...

Wow, that is definitely some original work. It reminds me, I'm going to the Richard Avedon exposition this week. At least...I'd like to go. Haha.

Penny said...

I've always loved these boxed type of artwork.I'm planning to do something like this with the plate,knife and fork my dad always used.I think it's a cute way to remember him by.

Pretty Little World said...

I love them all, though Butterfly Habitat is my favorite. I would also love to own one of these, but sadly even five figures is way.way.way. out of my price range.

Char said...

definitely out of my price range but all very interesting to see.

E.K. said...

His stuff is really great. He has such a fantastic biography. I learned a lot about him in grad school.

Diana said...

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

Staci said...

wow beautiful works of art....

The Seeker said...

These are so interesting and beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing I didn't know about him.

xoxo

Dooder City said...

Wow, I love it. Kind of reminds me of Rauschenburg.

jennifer from pittsburgh said...

I love the old-time naked baby doll in the shadow box! My sister always says that no matter what, the dolls always end up naked (and often headless) at the bottom of the toy box.
I wonder what that says about us as a society?

...love Maegan said...

oh they're so dreamy. I love the butterflies and that last one ...and also, the red and black one which I've never seen ever ...love it. want them all. Could you imagine, an entire wall of them at your house? Oh sigh* so great.

sexypoet said...

love the one with the butterflies.. the one with the doll is a bit creepy though.

boylerpf said...

Great artwork...always have liked shadow boxes.

Awesome Sara said...

WOW, just WOW!

thereddeer said...

Interesting works

Gladys Lopez said...

omg, the third one is amazing!

one little simitopian said...

Wow! I especially like those last 4. I think you should definitely create one of your own! How much fun would that be?! Another cool idea I remember seeing somewhere was an artwork set behind a window frame. It looked as if you were peering out the window at a weird and wonderful scene.

Everything Fabulous said...

wuaww something new..never heard about him! love the last one!! they really make you dream..you can just watch at them no end..!

tanya said...

Very unique and inspiring! LOVE the last one :-)

Leigh said...

Thank you so much for the introduction, I am definitely loving these pieces.

xo

Enep said...

awesome! I love the last one.
anyway I'm following you trough bloglovin' ;3

sallymandy said...

This kind of art sends me over the edge. It appears so accessible, so...easy? Like I could somehow do it! These are fabulous. Thanks!

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

boxes of childhood flames and a whole lotta nostalgia come to life

hmstrjam said...

love these!

hmstrjam said...

definitely make your own!

david john said...

i love his work too!!!!!!!

me melodia said...

eeep! I love Hotel du Nord & Hotel de la Duchesse-Anne. These are so nostalgic and melancholy.
Thanks for the intro.

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Anonymous said...

there's a song about the soap bubble set called box by the duch band NITS. i found this blog while looking up the lyrics ;) the album is called ting, you'll love it!
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