Dreams and Shadows

Joseph Cornell

One of the most original American artists of the twentieth century, Joseph Cornell was influenced by a wide range of sources - Americana, French culture, the surrealists, vaudeville, and the movies.

His slot-machines of the 1940s and his work with experimental cinema are unique and impacted many artists, including: Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg.

Never quite a fit with the NY art world, Cornell maintained a simple lifestyle, working out of his humble home in Queens and taking care of his mother and disabled brother.


top: Cornell at his last exhibit for children at Cooper Union

below: Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall. 1945