CORNELL, JOSEPH. (1903-1973). American artist; best known for his surrealist-influenced shadow boxes. Signed image. (Twice: “Joseph Cornell”). 1p. 4to. N.p., July 3, 1967. To American stage designer, drama professor and autograph collector STEPHEN PALESTRANT (1937-1988). A magazine page with color illustrations of Cornell’s works Medici Slot Machine: Object and Solar System; Cornell has signed vertically in the left margin next to both reproductions.
Despite his reclusive personality and little formal artistic training, Cornell became a prolific and highly original artist whose box constructions and collages often conveyed a calm, even whimsical, surrealism. His first solo exhibition was held in 1932 and he was most active during the 1940s and 1950s. His work is in many public collections, including New York’s Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. His Medici Slot Machine: Object sold at Christie’s in 2018 for over $5,000,000.
Our magazine page bears two Cornell signatures. On the one next to the illustration of his Solar System, Cornell has included the date and inscription “to Mr. Stephen Palestrant.” With some age toning and paper loss and tears at the upper edge. In very good condition and rare.