The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds Paperback – Illustrated, 15 Dec 2006
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It's a book in a box that's made up to look like one of Joseph Cornell's boxes, essentially. The book has a short biography of Cornell - suitable for children, and not particularly deep - then encourages readers to attempt their own collages and boxes, giving ideas for themes and methods of composition, as well as suggesting the kinds of objects that could be used. It serves as a great introduction to Cornell - and unlike some stuff I've read about him before, it doesn't patronise him. It shows him as competent, deep & very engaged in the arts that surrounded him - it doesn't fetishise some idea of "outsider art", doesn't go on and on about how he rarely left New York. This is encouraging, & good for those who read this & use it to form their ideas about art both as an appreciator & as somebody who might want to actually do it. The projects it lists for readers to try out are, unavoidably, derivative, but that doesn't really matter - & a lot of the book is about imagination/evocation, about methods of thought more than methods of imitation.
I really, really liked it. It's deeper & more well considered than a lot of the twee books for children/adults that fill this same general field - like 'Destroy this book' or what have you. It serves as a good introduction to a great artist with a lot of beautiful photographs & astute writing about his art & method, & it tells us to go away and collect things ourselves. Beautiful.
I think this would inspire eleven-year olds and up- it certainly got me enthousiastic again, not only in admiring Cornell, but also in making more boxes of my own.
I recommend it to creative people and children.
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Amazing book. Comes with all the materials to create your own Cornell masterpiece!Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Dyer