Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and film maker, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. Influenced by the Surrealists, he was also an avant-garde experimental filmmaker. He was largely self-taught in his artistic efforts, and improvised his own original style incorporating cast-off and discarded artifacts. He lived most of his life in relative physical isolation, caring for his mother and his disabled brother at home, but remained aware of and in contact with other contemporary artists.
Art TermAssemblage is art that is made by assembling disparate elements – often everyday objects – scavenged by the artist or …
Art TermA large, glass cabinet used for displaying art objects
Tate EtcIn our continuing series in which we invite an artist to focus on a work in the Tate collection, John …
Tate PapersVisitors to the opening of the First Papers of Surrealism exhibition in New York in 1942 were disorientated, not only …
Tate PapersTate Papers, Spring 2004 edition