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Deborah Solomon’s admirable biography illuminates the life of the man without diminishing the mystery of his art.  .

Deborah Solomon’s admirable biography illuminates the life of the man without diminishing the mystery of his art. -New York Magazine. A principal virtue of this biography. is that it challenges in a very authoritative way the received idea of Cornell as merely the timorous recluse, the marginal artist of Utopia Parkway. It is a book about Cornell I would not dare to have hoped for in our mean and deconstructionist ag. -Arthur C. Danto, Art Critic, The Nation.

Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now reissued twenty years later with updated and extensively revised text Few artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius.

Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now reissued twenty years later with updated and extensively revised text Few artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his enigmatic shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. Legends about Cornell abound-the shy hermit, the devoted family caretaker, the artistic innocent-but never before has he been presented for what he was: a brilliant, relentlessly serious .

There are so much to tell about Joseph Cornell's life and his artwork and obsessive collection of oddities from NYC bookshops and antique stores at the time of his magical creations, and his preoccupation with lost and rare films- a filmmaker in his own good that helmed an avant-garde films that can be found screening at film anthologies in NYC.

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Deborah Solomon (born August 9, 1957 in New York City) is an American art critic, journalist and biographer

Deborah Solomon (born August 9, 1957 in New York City) is an American art critic, journalist and biographer. Her weekly column, "Questions For" ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. She is currently the art critic for WNYC Public Radio, the New York City affiliate of NP.1 Early life and education. ISBN 978-0-8154-1182-6); Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997, ISBN 0-374-18012-1); and American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, ISBN 978-0-374-11309-4).

Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell. On a typical afternoon, Joseph Cornell might stop in at his local Bickford’s restaurant for a cup of tea and a slice of cherry pie.

Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell

Deborah Solomon's biography of artist Joseph Cornell in Utopia Parkway: The Life And Work Of Joseph Cornell, joins other outstanding titles in the MFA's 'artWorks' series but stands well independently, providing a reprint of .

Deborah Solomon's biography of artist Joseph Cornell in Utopia Parkway: The Life And Work Of Joseph Cornell, joins other outstanding titles in the MFA's 'artWorks' series but stands well independently, providing a reprint of a 1977 original examining the life and influences of an enigmatic American artist. com User, January 17, 1999. An unforgettable book about an unforgettable man. John Malkovich (who even looks like Cornell)must play Cornell in the movie version! This book is quirky, bittersweet and totally engrossing.

No artist ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his disquieting shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. Legends about Cornell abound-as the shy hermit, the devoted family caretaker, the artistic innocent-but never beforeUtopia Parkwayhas he been presented for what he was: a brilliant, relentlessly serious artist whose stature has now reached monumental proportions.

Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now .

Deborah Solomon’s definitive biography of Joseph Cornell, one of America’s most moving and unusual twentieth-century artists, now reissued twenty years later with updated and extensively revised text. Few artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his enigmatic shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art.

Few artists ever led a stranger life than Joseph Cornell, the self-taught American genius prized for his enigmatic shadow boxes, who stands at the intersection of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art.

Profiles the secret small life of the classification-defying American artist whose collages and shadowboxes have been labeled surreal, abstract expressionistic, and pop art

Comments: (7)

Malhala
After seeing Mr. Cornell's boxes for years in many different museums I was extremely satisfied and gratified to read Ms. Solomon's biography of this genius. Bravo Ms. Solomon, I came away from this table totally fulfilled. I saw a Cornell exhibit at the Hirshhorn a few years ago. Mr. Cornell's boxes were exhibited about three feet off of the ground. I didn't know why until i read Ms. Solomon's great book. Thank-you.
Jonariara
A fascinating life, treated with respect and insight. Cornell was a remarkable artist, often under-rated. Solomon does him justice. Highly readable too.
Virtual
A well written biography of a fascinating artist living in a fascinating time. Altough filled with great details about Cornell and his life it flows in an accessable style that does not burden the reader. It took me along time to read only because I found so much information that peaked my interest it took many side trips for me to satisfy my curiosity. I also learned that Joseph Cornell was far from being the reclusive, eccentric outsider he has been portrayed as.
Deodorant for your language
This is a fine, sympathetic biography of the reclusive & elusive artist Joseph Cornell, whose work in assemblage & collage made the very essence of dreams & nostalgic memories into something tangible, the fleeting & ephemeral caught in the actual. And yet the work doesn't seem frozen or embalmed in the least; if anything, it suggests far more than is physically present, almost as a glimpse into untold worlds. Such is the magic of Joseph Cornell!

But what of the man himself?

I see that previous reviewers disagree about this biography, with some finding it too analytical, echoing Wordsworth's line, "We murder to dissect." But I don't think Deborah Solomon falls into the trap of reductionist pathography, stripping away the mystery to reveal tawdry neuroses as the basis of Cornell's art. Certainly she points out how his psychological makeup expressed itself through that art -- but she never claims that the art is merely symptom or therapy. At least, I never got that impression. When all the tentative analysis is done, the mystery still remains, and she's the first to acknowledge this fact.

As I said, this is a sympathetic biography. No one can deny that Cornell was emotionally wounded & repressed in many ways; but Solomon never makes this the final sum of his life. She strives for understanding & illumination, always granting that some things simply can't be known. She's given me a great deal of insight into this artist whose work fascinates me & so many others, and leaves me with a sense of compassion for the man, as well as deeper admiration for the artist.

This should definitely be read in conjunction with a good color volume of his work, such as Diane Waldman's "Joseph Cornell: Master of Dreams." For a thorough, informative, complex portrait of this unique American artist, I don't think you'll do better than this biography. Highly recommended!
Cerekelv
Wanted to love this book as I respect the artist so, but it was hard to get through so I gave up. May try agaain.
Perdana
Excellent book. Arrived in good shape.
Burirus
A fantastic story about a greatly under appreciated artist
When I started collecting Joseph Cornell's books about his life and art, they were hard to find. Now they are available and I was so happy to get a second copy of this book for our second (vacation) home!
Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Deborah Solomon
ISBN: 0374525714
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Noonday Pr; First Thus Used edition (September 1, 1998)
Pages: 448 pages