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Joseph Cornell: Stargazing in the Cinema

Hauptman , Jodi

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ISBN 10: 0300078382 / ISBN 13: 9780300078381
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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264 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Tight, clean copy in a bright dust jacket. Record # 404940. Bookseller Inventory # 404940

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Title: Joseph Cornell: Stargazing in the Cinema

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven CT

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Best known for evocative box-constructions in which he assembled small objects and ephemera, the American surrealist Joseph Cornell (1903-72) was also a devoted fan of the cinema. He thrived on almost daily visits to movie theaters, amassed archives of films and film stills, created short motion pictures, and produced works honoring his favorite females movie stars. This book examines for the first time Cornell's "portrait-homages" to these actresses, Hedy Lamarr, Lauren Bacall, Greta Garbo, and Jennifer Jones, among others.Focusing on Cornell's "cinematic imagination" and the ways he adapted techniques of accumulation, collection, and juxtaposition to the art of portrayal, Jodi Hauptman argues that Cornell's movie star portraits are his most emblematic works. She shows how each portrait is inflicted by the star's personality, roles, and the moment of a particular film's release and how Cornell ultimately transforms each of his subjects. Hauptman also explores the links between collection and desire, contending that Cornell is both a surrealist and a historian: his accumulation of cast-offs echoes surrealism's infatuation with the found object while his attempts to rescue swiftly disappearing pasts reenact the historian's labor in the archive.

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...Hauptman's study hints at the artist's sublimated passions and helps us detect the faint scent of eroticism and morbidity surrounding his hermetically sealed boxes. -- The New York Times Book Review, Suzanne Ramljak

...bring[s] out the best in art historians and critics, as this new study of his 'cinematic imagination' confirms. -- Charles Simic, New York Review of Books

Beyond being a convincing study, Joseph Cornell is an elegant album of the artist's work. -- Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

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