Joseph Cornell - Wanderlust Hardback

From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Designed to accompany the Royal Academy’s landmark exhibition, this book allows the reader to step into the beguiling world of this fascinating artist. Bringing together Joseph Cornell’s most remarkable work including boxes, assemblages and collages and films, Wanderlust is a long overdue celebration of an incomparable artist, a man the New York Times called “a poet of light; an architect of memory-fractured rooms and a connoisseur of stars, celestial and otherwise.”

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Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) was one of the twentieth century’s leading exponents of collage and assemblage. Despite hardly venturing beyond New York State, the notion of travel was central to his art. His imaginary voyages began as he searched Manhattan’s antique bookshops and dime stores, collecting a vast archive of paper ephemera and small objects to make his signature glass-fronted ‘shadow boxes’.

Cornell’s creative voice won the admiration of artists from Marcel Duchamp and the Surrealists, to Robert Motherwell and the Abstract Expressionists, with echoes of his work felt in Pop and Minimalist art.

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