Barry Hammond's Reviews > Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell

Dime-Store Alchemy by Charles Simic
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Oct 25, 2011

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Read from October 25 to 26, 2011

The art of Joseph Cornell is some of the most beautiful and mysterious in American history. Classified as a surrealist, Cornell is also a fetishist, icon-maker, an illusionist, and a magician. His boxes seem to have one foot in the realm of pawn-shops, junk dealers, dollar stores, old bookshops and the other foot in the supernatural realms of dreams. Charles Simic's poetry captures both the effect and some of the meaning that Cornell has on the viewer, both re-interpreting the artist and providing other examples to follow, as well as looking at the artist's own life and words to see what keys they provide to unlock his secrets. Fans of poetry will find an introduction to an artist who shares their methods and concerns. Fans of art will find a poet who interprets art in a delicious, sensual, and enlightening way. A rich amalgam of both worlds for a reader to explore. You'll come away with a new vision.

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Natalie Hamilton I love Cornell's boxes!

Barry Hammond You and me both!

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