Joseph Cornell: Secrets in a Box (Adventures in Art)

Alison Baverstock

Published by Prestel Publishing, 2003
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Synopsis: Illustrated throughout with photographs and colour illustrations as well as fascinating biographical information, the book takes readers through Cornell's life (1903-73) to discover how he transformed everyday objects into enchanted masterpieces. Where did he get his inspiration from? What makes these boxes so intriguing? What kinds of feelings do they inspire? A detailed exploration of specific pieces; guidelines for recognizing and appreciating Cornell's art, and step-by-step instructions for creating a Cornell box of your own make this book an irresistible experience for the Joseph Cornell in all of us.

From Booklist: Gr. 3-6. Baverstock's entry in the Prestel Adventures in Art series introduces Joseph Cornell and his unusual collage boxes, which feature a variety of objects and pictures. The author examines several pieces of Cornell's art in some detail before showing how kids can make their own Cornell boxes. It's unfortunate that the biographical information comes on the final spread of the book, because passing references to Cornell's personal life (he was, for instance, extraordinarily shy) are made earlier in the text with little context. But the artwork, which has lots of kid appeal, is exquisitely reproduced, and the text does a fine job of talking about the work in understandable terms without ignoring complicated questions of meaning ("Question upon question . . . but there are no answers!"). Rather than providing didactic explanations, the book encourages kids to think about what most intrigues them and, in doing so, helps them comprehend the motivation, if perhaps not the meaning, behind Cornell's meticulous, beautiful work. John Green
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