Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Grand Hotels (of Joseph Cornell) by Robert Coover

1st Edition, signed by the author, Robert Coover.

Text of Limitation Page
"This book was designed and computer typeset in 10 pt. Palatino by Rosemarie Waldrop. Printed on 55 lb. Writers' Natural (an acid free paper), smyth-sewn and glued into paper covers by McNaughton & Gunn in Saline, Michigan. The cover is by Keith Waldrop. There are 1000 paperbacks and 200 clothbacks, of which 50 are numbered and signed by the author."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Joseph Cornell: Dance Index Vol 4 #9 Sep 1945

Dance Index Vol 4 #9 Sep 1945
Hans Christian Anderson Ballet Issue
Edited by Donald Windham
Paginated 138-159
Opening page "Comment" by Cornell (page 139).
Cover by Cornell as well as "Theatre of HCA" a four-page spread of small proscenium collages and "treatments" for each collage (pages 155-159), remeniscent of bits of Monsieur Phot.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Joseph & Robert Cornell at Schoelkopf Gallery 1966

Gallery announcement for a show of Joseph and Robert Cornell collages at the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, January 4-29, 1966. ( a few by each and some by both)
Lauren Beck, the dramaturg and assistant director for Hotel Cassiopeia by Charles Mee, notes on her Hotel Cassiopeia blog:
February 26, 1965: Robert Cornell dies of pneumonia. Marcel Duchamp's wife Teeny wrote to Cornell, "I will always remember his lively spirit and gentle humor." Because their deaths were so close, Cornell would always pair Robert and Joyce together in his thoughts as two innocent and helpless sould wandering through eternity together.

January 4-29, 1966: The "Robert Cornell: Memorial Exhibition" opens. Cornell exhibits some of Robert's drawings such as Baby Hippo, Mouse King, and Unbreakable Rabbit-Drum, as well as some collages he made to honor his lost brother. Some critics are unkind, but others realize that Cornell is just trying to preserve his brother's memory, not change the art world.
Lots more wonderful Cornell info at Lauren's blog, here:

See this post about JC's other Schoelkopf show in April & May 1966 and for background on the Schoelkopf Gallery.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Joseph Cornell - Helen Storms Cornell

Joseph's mother.

Doyle New York
European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art - Sale 10PT01 - Lot 121
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 11am

Joseph Cornell
American, 1903-1972
Helen Storms Cornell, circa 1889
Inscribed Helen Storms Cornell/ca. 1889/prob. Ocean Grove, NJ on the backing
Ink on photograph reproduction on masonite
Frame 11 x 9 x 1 inches

The artist
Leila Hadley Luce
Thence by descent to the present owner

Sold for $15,000

Estimate $4,000-6,000

Monday, April 11, 2011

Joseph Cornell at Schoelkopf Gallery 1966

Gallery announcement for a show of collages at the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, April 26 - May 14, 1966.

At this time, the Schoelkopf Gallery was at 825 Madison Ave, NYC. It later moved to 50 W. 50th St.  Schoelkopf was a Yale grad and independent art dealer from the time of his graduation in 1957 until he opened the gallery in 1962. He died in 1991. More detailed historical information about Schoelkopf and his gallery can be found on the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art web site, here:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Joseph Cornell at Allan Stone Gallery 1972

5 x 7.5 inch B&W ad from an art magazine in early 1972 announcing a February Cornell showing. Stone, who died in 2006, was a groundbreaking advocate for the 60s abstract expressionists and pop artists of that time.

From the gallery's current web site:

The Allan Stone Gallery opened in 1960 showing works by Willem de Kooning, Cesar, Joseph Cornell, Barnett Newman, and a host of then-emerging artists like Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Estes, Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, and John Chamberlain. The gallery continues to show contemporary, mid-career, and emerging artists while maintaining a tradition of expertise in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. Allan Stone is a leading authority on Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Joseph Cornell and John Graham. The gallery's broad aesthetic program ranges from representation to abstraction, in painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
And a link to tone's NYT obit: