Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell’s dream-like, surrealist-inspired assemblages and shadow boxes featuring vintage found objects were a central influence for both Pop Art and Fluxus. He was also a notable collagist and experimental filmmaker, creating such seminal films as Rose Hobart (1936) and Nymphlight (1957). Born in Nyack, New York, in 1903, the self-taught artist began exhibiting in Manhattan during the early 1930s, and had his first solo exhibition in 1949 at the Charles Egan Gallery. Throughout his life and after he passed away in 1972, Cornell was the subject of many retrospective exhibitions at prominent institutions around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

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