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Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination

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Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was a self-taught yet highly sophisticated artist who is celebrated for his pioneering achievement in collage, assemblage, and film. Cornell's lyrical compositions combine found materials in ways that reflect a very personal exploration of art and culture and that represent his belief in art as an uplifting voyage into the imagination. This stunn ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published November 15th 2007 by Yale University Press
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Matt
Jul 20, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
This book is incredibly difficult for me to assess in any objective light; it is the accompanying catalog to the Joseph Cornell retrospect which I saw in Boston last summer – perhaps the single most important museum exhibition in shaping my current thoughts on art. As a document of that experience, and a reference/catalog of Cornell's work, this book is invaluable.

As far as I'm concerned, the book has only one failing – seemingly minor, but unfortunate nonetheless: virtually all of Cornell's pie
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Laura
Jan 21, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
joseph cornell you are a plagerist of my unconcsious mind.
Tammy Marie Jacintho
Dec 27, 2008 Tammy Marie Jacintho rated it it was amazing
I received this as a present... these are magical boxes inside boxes... each page sends you further down the rabit hole of Cornell's practicle dreams. Each page lends itself to meditation. What does it mean? Where do the images come from? What strange strings connect these objects? This will be an undertaking. At least a page a day... who knows, it could last all year!
Ingrid
Mar 13, 2010 Ingrid rated it really liked it
This book is a wonderful trip through Cornell's inner world. It offers an amazing collection of photos of his work, biographical information and reveals many of his sources of inspiration. Cornell is the ultimate cataloger artist.
Irene
Feb 16, 2010 Irene rated it it was amazing
Laura already captured my feelings about this book so much better than I could ever have done on my own:
"joseph cornell you are a plagerist of my unconcsious mind."

Is this plagiarism??
Mary
Mar 22, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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I didn't actually read this book -- I was really just looking at the images. Cornell's work is magical. I'd like to buy this book and ponder it all further.
Tina Redmond
Apr 30, 2012 Tina Redmond rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Mostly pics of the art, which is what I wanted. The only negative? The book is huge and heavy! 200 pages of his art-loved it.
Jeff Jackson
Aug 24, 2010 Jeff Jackson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography
If you can only buy one book on Cornell, this is the motherlode.
Mary-Marcia
Jul 26, 2008 Mary-Marcia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Fantastical pennyarcade amazement joy to look at: I want it.
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