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 him and for generations to come. Joseph Cornell, a shy and reclusive man, lived in the same house for most of his life taking care of his disabled brother and overbearing mother. It almost seemed painful to read how withdrawn he was. But, the truth is, Joseph Cornell had much to say and the visual object or images was how he expressed himself creating collages and assemblages—objects and images were his voice. I also liked how Ms. Solomon reviewed his artwork by decade and walked us through Cornell's many phases. A fascinating read.
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