Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks) (c. 1948) by Joseph Cornell

Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks) - Joseph Cornell - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled (Cockatoo and Corks)
ArtistJoseph Cornell
Dimensions14 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 in.
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationPrivate collection

About Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks)

“Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks)” is an installation piece created by artist Joseph Cornell in the year 1948, during the Surrealism art movement. It measures 14 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 inches and is part of a private collection. The genre of this artwork falls under the category of installation art, which offers an immersive experience for the viewer.

The artwork presents an assemblage enclosed within a box-like wooden frame, reminiscent of a shadow box or a small diorama. Within this contained tableau, one observes a three-dimensional yellow cockatoo perched on a wooden bar that spans across the height of the structure. Adjacent to the bird are strategically placed objects, such as corks of varying sizes, which reside behind a grid, further reinforcing the sense of captivity or enclosure. Below the bird is a complex arrangement of compartments, one of which contains what appears to be vintage bottles or flasks with green labeling, while another holds a small, metallic box-like device that could be interpreted as an element of intrigue or mystery—a recurring theme in Cornell’s creations. The artwork is meticulously crafted, with Cornell’s placement of mundane objects in a dreamlike scenario that provokes imaginative contemplation and evokes a sense of nostalgia mixed with whimsy.

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