Joseph Cornell | the artist




The artist Joseph Cornell
Born Dec 24 1903, Nyack, USA.
Died Dec 20 1972

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Joseph Cornell was born in 1903 in Nyack, New York. At the age of 14 his father died, and he moved, with his mother and three siblings, to the Queens section of New York City. Despite his relatively sheltered life, living as an adult with his mother and brother, his art was contemporary and sophisticated. His most famous and distinctive works were boxes he created out of wood, glass, and innumerable objects and photos he collected in New York City’s antique and secondhand shops, which conveyed a poetic and magical aura…
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL BOX/ A Narrative with Found Objects
Planet Set, Tête Etoilée, Giuditta Pasta (dédicace)
Joseph Cornell was not a sculptor, a draftsman, or a painter. This internationally renowned modern artist never had professional training. He was first and foremost a collector. He loved to scour old book shops and secondhand stores of new York looking for souvenirs, theatrical memorabilia, old prints and photographs, music scores, and French literature..
Works in the MOMA collection


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