(born Dec. 24, 1903, Nyack, N.Y., U.S.—died Dec. 29, 1972, New York, N.Y.) U.S. assemblage artist. He had no formal artistic training. In the 1930s and ’40s he was associated with the Surrealists in New York City (see Surrealism). He was an originator of the assemblage; his most distinctive works were “boxes,” usually with glass fronts, containing objects and pieces of collage arranged in elegant but enigmatic compositions. Recurrent motifs include astronomy, music, birds, seashells, glamour photographs, and souvenirs of travel. His appeal rested on the Surrealist technique of irrational juxtaposition and on nostalgia.
Birth Place: Nyack, New York, United States
Death Place: New York City, New York, United States
Name: Cornell, Joseph or Joseph Cornell
Activity: American sculptor and filmmaker
Keywords: Cornell, Joseph, Joseph Cornell, American, Nyack, sculpture, assemblage, New York City, New York
Joseph Cornell was an untaught, highly original American artist. His works consist of collections of objects and fragments in...
1903-72 US artist He was born in Nyack, New York State. A self-taught artist, he was one of the first exponents of a form of sculpture called "assemb