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Portrait of the artist © Joseph Cornell Study Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Portrait of the artist © Joseph Cornell Study Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The US-American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), who lived a reclusive life in New York State, is known for his sculptural assemblages and experimental films, which secured him a place in the canon of 20th century art. As self-taught artist, Cornell created collages using photographs and found objects – ephemeral and everyday objects that he gathered together, classified and arranged according to his own personal criteria, which were then transformed into box assemblages. Cornell classified the objects he collected with the help of dossiers he kept on a broad variety of subjects, which served as inspiration for his work. Cornell was also inspired by contemporary artists including Max Ernst and Rene Magritte: as a result, his work has been associated with the Surrealist movement, though the artist avoided categorising his own style.

Cornell’s artistic career took off following his solo show at the Charles Eagan Gallery in 1949. His work was met with enthusiasm, and his box assemblages came to define his oeuvre. His work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Joseph Cornell died in 1972 in New York.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015-15
Joseph Cornell. Fernweh

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

2014-15
Joseph Cornell. Wanderlust

Royal Academy of Arts, London

2013-14
Joseph Cornell and Surrealism

The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2012-13
Joseph Cornell and Surrealism in New York

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France

2007
Joseph Cornell

Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, USA

2007
Navigating the Imagination

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, USA

2006
Eleven Collages by Joseph Cornell

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, USA

2006-07
Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA

2006
Andromeda Hotel - The Art of Joseph Cornell

Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA

2005-06
Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., USA

2002-03
Joseph Cornell - Collages

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2002
The Spirit of Joseph Cornell

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA

2001-02
Joseph Cornell - Collages

L&M Arts, New York, USA

1996
Joseph Cornell: Box Construction and Collages

L&M Arts, New York, USA

1996-97
Joseph Cornell: Private Constellations

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA

1995-96
Joseph Cornell

Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

1993-94
A View to the Future: Recent Acquisitions

David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

1992-93
Joseph Cornell

Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan

1991-92
Joseph Cornell: 1903 - 1972

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

1989
Joseph Cornell - Box Constructions and Collages

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1989-90
Joseph Cornell - Collages

Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1988-89
Joseph Cornell

Galerie 1900 - 2000, Paris, France

1984
Joseph Cornell

Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain

1983-84
Joseph Cornell

Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

1981-82
Joseph Cornell

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

1981
Joseph Cornell

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

1980-81
Joseph Cornell

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

1979-80
Joseph Cornell

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1978-79
Joseph Cornell / MATRIX 30

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, USA

1977-78
Joseph Cornell - Collages 1931 – 1972

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA

1976-77
Joseph Cornell – Scatola

Galleria L'Attico, Rome, Italy

1975-76
Joseph Cornell

Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA

1967-68
Joseph Cornell

The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

1966-67
Joseph Cornell

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

1964-65
Joseph Cornell

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, USA

Group exhibitions
2015-16
Das Abenteuer unserer Sammlung I

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

2013
Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel

Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2012
Frameworks

Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, USA

2011
The Unfinished Film

Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

2011
Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2011
Fragments 1915 - 2011: Modern and Contemporary Collage

ACA Galleries, New York, USA

2011-12
Micro Mania

Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France

2011
Midnight Party

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

2010
Welten in der Schachtel: Mary Bauermeister und die experimentelle Kunst der 1960er Jahre

Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

2010-11
One, Another

FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA

2009-10
Art of Modern Japan

National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2009
Museums in Miniature: Works by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA

2008
Lights, Camera, Action: Artists’ Films for the Cinema

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

2008
Selections from the Collection of Helga & Walther Lauffs

Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

2008-09
Karsten Greve, 20 ans à Paris

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2008
COMING OF AGE. Arte americana dal 1850 al 1950

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2007-08
Modernidad americana. Obras de la Corcoran Gallery of Art

Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

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