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His boxes and collages seem to me would be very accessible to both adults and children alike. In the back of my mind I was thinking: "Hey, I could do this. I mean, I could create a wooden box. Put some cutout images, marbles and sticks in it, and presto-chango, I got a work of art!" But when you see works like the Great Horned Owl (below) or Tilly Losch (above), by then you're thinking: "There's no way in hell I could do anything this damn good or original. This guy was a genius!"
According to Adam Gopnik, Cornell was influenced by the collages of Surrealist Max Ernst, but more importantly by the Cubist painter Juan Gris and Cubist poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Cornell's style including his use of repetitive pictures like in the Medici Princess (above) also influenced Pop artist Andy Warhol.
Some of the other highlights in the exhibit were films by Joseph Cornell, he is one I found on the Internet Rose Hobart 1936. Also, there was newspaper that Cornell sent to his relatives during the Depression called Goop Joe's Poultry Pages. Some of the articles, which he typed with a Smith Corona were a hoot, especially the story on Page 19 - Duck Hunter Falls Out of Boat; Drowns. I was cracking when I read it, and then I saw a young girl read the same article and she cracked up too. I think Cornell would be pleased to know that his humor is still relevant today especially to his potential fees, filles or faeries as he called young women that caught his eye in New York City.
In conclusion, if you're in the Bay Area or if this traveling exhibition shows up in your neck of the woods, I strongly recommend that you go and see it!
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