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The Resource Enchantments : Joseph Cornell and American modernism, Marci Kwon

Enchantments : Joseph Cornell and American modernism, Marci Kwon

Label
Enchantments : Joseph Cornell and American modernism
Title
Enchantments
Title remainder
Joseph Cornell and American modernism
Statement of responsibility
Marci Kwon
Creator
Contributor
Artist
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
" Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is best known for his exquisite and alluring box constructions, in which he transformed found objects - such as celestial charts, glass ice cubes, and feathers - into enchanted worlds that blur the boundaries between fantasy and the commonplace. Situating Cornell within the broader artistic, cultural, and political debates of midcentury America, this innovative and interdisciplinary account reveals enchantment's relevance to the history of American modernism. In this beautifully illustrated book, Marci Kwon explores Cornell's attempts to convey enchantment - an ephemeral experience that exceeds rational explanation - in material form. Examining his box constructions, graphic design projects, and cinematic experiments, she shows how he turned to formal strategies drawn from movements like Transcendentalism and Romanticism to figure the immaterial. Kwon provides new perspectives on Cornell's artistic and graphic design career, bringing vividly to life a wide circle of acquaintances that included artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers such as Mina Loy, Lincoln Kirstein, Frank O’Hara, and Stan Brakhage. Cornell's participation in these varied milieus elucidates enchantment's centrality to midcentury conversations about art's potential for power and moral authority, and reveals how enchantment and modernity came to be understood as opposing forces. Leading contemporary artists such as Betye Saar and Carolee Schneemann turned to Cornell's enchantment as a resource for their own anti-racist, feminist projects. Spanning four decades of the artist's career, Enchantments sheds critical light on Cornell's engagement with many key episodes in American modernism, from Abstract Expressionism, 1930s "folk art," and the emergence of New York School poetry and experimental cinema to the transatlantic migration of Symbolism, Surrealism, and ballet"--
Assigning source
Amazon
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kwon, Marci
Dewey number
709.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N6537.C66
LC item number
K89 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cornell, Joseph
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cornell, Joseph
  • Modernism (Art)
Label
Enchantments : Joseph Cornell and American modernism, Marci Kwon
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223133375296
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780691181400
Lccn
2020022667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1157661468
Label
Enchantments : Joseph Cornell and American modernism, Marci Kwon
Publication
Bar code
31223133375296
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780691181400
Lccn
2020022667
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1157661468

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