October 7, 2009

precursor: joseph cornell

untitled (soap bubble set) 1936

observatory: corona borealis casement, 1950

taglioni's jewel casket, 1940

untitled (window facade) ca. 1951

soap bubble set, 1949-50

untitled (blue sand fountain) ca 1953

the first major cornell retrospective since 1980, joseph cornell: navigating the imagination brought together more than 170 of the artist's box constructions, collages, dossiers, films and graphic designs from public and private collections. the exhibition was organized by ten themes, each of which represented a recurrent motif in cornell's work. the show travelled from the smithsonian american art museum to the peabody essex museum and the san francisco museum of modern art and was on display between november 2006 and january 2008.

all photos via about.com gallery

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Jerry King Musser said...

I'd seen a rather extensive exhibit of his work about 2 years back at the National Gallery. It was one of the most satisfying times I've had in a gallery setting.