Joseph Cornell Shadowplay

Joseph Cornell: Shadowplay Eterniday

  1. Essays by Lynda Roscoe Hartigan
  2. Richard Vine
  • ISBN 9780500238998
  • 27.90 x 23.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 256pp
  • 231 Illustrations, 205 in colour
  • First published 2012

Originally published to celebrate the centenary of Joseph Cornell’s birth, this lavishly illustrated book provides a fresh, multidimensional perspective on the pioneering American artist.

With more than seventy-five boxes and collages, as well as images of the fascinating source material that the artist collected to create his exquisitely crafted worlds, the book communicates the sense of surprise and delight that one experiences upon viewing the actual boxes with their toys, stuffed birds, maps, clay pipes, marbles, shells, and other paraphernalia of daily life.

The book’s essays bring together the expertise of Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, former director of the Joseph Cornell Study Center; the compelling commentary of Walter Hopps, art dealer, museum curator and director, and the artist’s personal friend; the wide-ranging scholarship of Richard Vine, author and former managing editor of Art in America; and the sensitivity of Robert Lehrman, a leading Cornell collector whose firsthand experience lends this publication its distinctive intimacy.

Among the topics explored are the role of dualities in the artistic process, the dominant themes of Cornell’s oeuvre, and the importance of his Christian Science faith.

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan was chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and director of the Joseph Cornell Study Center, and is now Chief Curator at the Peabody Essex Museum. Her publications include studies of Cornell, Duchamp, and Grandma Moses.
Walter Hopps, former art dealer and museum curator and director, has contributed to books on Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, Kahlo, and others.
Richard Vine was managing editor of Art in America from 1998 to 2008.
Robert Lehrman is a leading collector of Cornell’s work.