Joseph Cornell was recognised by his peers in New York city and beyond as a substantial force in the future direction of art. Many influential people in both the art and entertainment worlds wrote about his art or collected his unique art boxes. Among the famous who visited him at his Utopia Parkway home in Flushing over the years were Tony Curtis, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama.
Cornell is now considered to be the precursor for assemblage, Pop and installation art which began to appear later in the 50's. His obsession with order and the merging of high art, with beauty as well as simple, humble objects is now legendary and the legacy he left behind of his thoughts and vision in his writing and collections is astounding.
Joseph Cornell has had a big impact on how i see things. His methodology of combining austere constructivist shells, surrealist imagery and mundane objects taught me to see the possible in the impossible.
As a painter i also attempt to create beautiful new visions from simple and reduced means. Like Cornell i've learnt that a total dedication to one's belief of what is important in the making of art is so important. To maintain this focus, this integrity is essential for long term success, personal, financial and otherwise.
There is a lot of imagery and material available for study on this very important American artist and i hope you will also find inspiration in Joseph Cornell's 'contained' worlds. I've opted for a longer documentary in this blog which is an informative overview of Joseph Cornell's life and career.