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Utopia Parkway : the life and work of Joseph Cornell

Author: Deborah Solomon
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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No artist ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell (1903-72), the self-taught American genius prized for his enchanting and disquieting shadow boxes, an art form all his own. By now, many legends surround Cornell: that of the painfully shy hermit lost in a world of books, silent movies, and long-gone ballerinas; that of the patiently devoted caretaker who would rush home from an afternoon at the Manhattan
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joseph Cornell; Joseph Cornell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Solomon
ISBN: 0374180121 9780374180126
OCLC Number: 32468576
Description: xiii, 426 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: "Combination Ticket Entitles Bearer To ...": 1903-17 --
Dreaming of Houdini: 1917-21 --
Life of a Salesman: 1921-28 --
The Julien Levy Gallery: 1929-32 --
The Persistent Memory of Salvador Dali: 1933-36 --
Introducing the Neo-Romantics: 1937-39 --
A Night at the Ballet: 1940-41 --
Voices from Abroad: 1942 --
Bebe Marie, or Visual Possession: 1943-44 --
The Hugo Gallery: 1945-49 --
The Aviaries: 1949 --
The Egan Years: 1950-53 --
The Birds: 1954-55 --
The Stable Gallery: 1956-57 --
Breakfast at Bickford's: 1958-59 --
Pop Goes the Art World: 1960-63 --
The Life and Death of Joyce Hunter: 1964 --
Goodbye, Robert: 1965 --
Goodbye, Mrs. Cornell: 1966 --
The Guggenheim Show: 1967 --
"Bathrobe Journeying": 1968-71 --
"Sunshine Breaking Through ...": 1972.
Responsibility: Deborah Solomon.
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No artist ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell (1903-72), the self-taught American genius prized for his enchanting and disquieting shadow boxes, an art form all his own. By now, many legends surround Cornell: that of the painfully shy hermit lost in a world of books, silent movies, and long-gone ballerinas; that of the patiently devoted caretaker who would rush home from an afternoon at the Manhattan galleries to minister to his mother and invalid brother; that.

of the artistic innocent whose creations emerged as happy accidents from his hands. Yet Cornell and his work were cherished by the leading avant-garde figures of his day, and artists who agreed on little else agreed on Cornell's originality. Utopia Parkway - the product of Deborah Solomon's decade of sustained attention to Cornell, and the first serious biography of him - reveals him as a brilliant and relentlessly serious artist whose works are among the monuments of.

modern art. Admired by successive generations of vanguard artists - the Surrealists of the 1940s, tbe Abstract Expressionists of the 1950s the Pop artists of the 1960s - Cornell cultivated friendships with artists as diverse as Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, and Andy Warhol. He had romantically charged encounters with women, including Tamara Toumanova, Susan Sontag, and Yoko Ono, and unrequited crushes on anonymous waitresses and shop girls. All this he recorded.

compulsively in a diary, which stands with the boxes themselves as a strange and affecting record of his extravagant inner life.

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Utopia Parkway: the life and work of Joseph Cornell

by aweigle (WorldCat user published 2010-07-10) Excellent Permalink

For lovers of Joseph Cornell and the ready-made-art and art assemblage medium, this is a wonderful biography. Deborah Solomon leaves no stone unturned in the life of Joseph Cornell. She breaks down his life into decades and then walks you through his world and how his art affected him, those around...
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