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

Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks) - Joseph Cornell - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled (Cockatoo and Corks)
ArtistJoseph Cornell
Date1948
Dimensions14 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/8 in.
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationPrivate collection
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About Untitled (Cockatoo and Corks)

Joseph Cornell was an influential artist and filmmaker who was known for his unique assemblage art. He created a series of shadow boxes over 15 years to pay homage to the Spanish artist Juan Gris. One example of Cornell’s shadow box is Untitled (Cockatoo And Corks), which he constructed around 1948 using mixed media.

The artwork features a cockatoo image surrounded by painted wood, printed paper, metal, and corks. The elements are arranged in a way that creates an aesthetically pleasing composition. The use of different materials adds depth to the work and draws attention to the intricate details.

Cornell’s assemblage works were known for their enigmatic quality, leaving viewers with many questions about the meaning behind the pieces. It is unclear why he chose a cockatoo as the central figure in this particular artwork, but it is speculated that he may have chosen it for its beauty or symbolism.

Overall, Untitled (Cockatoo And Corks) showcases Joseph Cornell’s unique approach to assemblage art. Its use of mixed media demonstrates his skill at blending disparate materials together into an aesthetically pleasing composition without sacrificing its mystery and ambiguity.

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