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Homage to Juan Gris

Joseph Cornell (American, 1903–1972)

Joseph Cornell is best known for arranging found images and objects in glass-fronted shadow boxes. They remind us of displays in natural history museums, shop windows, and toy theaters—spaces of heightened sensation and imagination.

Cornell found birds fascinating: the colors of their plumage, the music of their songs, and their ability to travel to faraway places. It is hard to say how he linked the theme of the cockatoo with the painter named in the title of Homage to Juan Gris. We do know he admired Gris as a pioneer of collage, where papers (such as newsprint) are pasted into works of art.

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