Joseph Cornell first came to the attention of the art world through his collages of the 1930s, and returned to the medium with vigor and enthusiasm in the last decades of his life. C&M Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of 62 collages, mostly dating from the 1960s, from the Estate of Joseph Cornell. None has been shown publicly before now.
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The works are signature Cornell: mysterious juxtapositions of images culled from popular and prosaic sources, the artist often lavished as much careful attention on the back of the works as he did on the front. The imagery covers the Cornell gamut: Renaissance figures, celestial and astronomical bodies, birds and animals, and references to the Romantic ballet, manipulated and rearranged into startling and often haunting compositions.
Joseph Cornell’s collage work had significant impact on numerous artists who worked subsequently with collage and appropriation. Presented here in the company of six of his boxes, the collages in this exhibition are on view through August 30th.