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McKingley, Mary Clare. Cornell/Gris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pap. 2017

Book ID: 101010

Joseph Cornell first viewed Cubist painter Juan GrisÕs The Man at the CafŽ in October 1953. This visual encounter prompted Cornell to create more than a dozen hand-constructed shadow boxes as homages to Gris, each featuring a variation on a motif that echoes formal elements in GrisÕs painting. This unique book explores CornellÕs deep fascination with Gris, uncovering compositional similarities that indicate numerous cross-currents, including allusions in CornellÕs work to GrisÕs crucial influence and the artistsÕ shared interests in French culture and the ballet. Cornell/Gris yields a new perspective on CornellÕs famed boxes while also shedding light on GrisÕs painting, establishing points of connection between two key figures of the avant-garde who lived a generation apart.

96 pp. English