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The Essential: Joseph Cornell

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Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is considered a visionary figure in the history of American art of the twentieth century. Starting in the 1930s, he invented a personal approach to making art that consisted of assembling things that he collected and found in the streets and shops of New York City. He is famous for work like Untitled (The Hotel Eden), c. 1945, which takes the for ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Harry N. Abrams (first published May 1st 2003)
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I have no idea who might be the intended audience for this insubstantial text, bristling with sidebars and pullquotes and studded with bold and italics. The tone achieved seems to be addressed to a precocious child by a rather creepy uncle.

On the other hand, you can never have too many Cornell pieces to look at, and a little square book seems like the perfect container to keep them in.
Nov 13, 2008 Lizzie rated it liked it
Shelves: art, read-in-2008
An interesting overview of Cornell's work and the art movements that influenced him.
Aug 17, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: art, read-in-2010
I appreciated the brevity, but the writing was poor: overly simplistic and annoyingly conversational. I felt like it possibly could have been written for young teens, but that is no excuse for bad writing.
Aug 08, 2007 carmie rated it did not like it
Shelves: biographies
This was probably the most annoying biography I have ever read. A more accurate title would be "Joseph Cornell For Dummies." Argh.
Sep 27, 2008 Irene rated it it was amazing
short and concise biography of Joseph Cornell one of my favorite artist.
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