Untitled (Solar Set) (c. 1956-58) by Joseph Cornell

Untitled (Solar Set) - Joseph Cornell - 1958

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled (Solar Set)
ArtistJoseph Cornell
Dimensions11 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.
Art MovementSurrealism
Current LocationCollection Donald Karshan, New York

About Untitled (Solar Set)

“Untitled (Solar Set)” is an artwork by the artist Joseph Cornell from 1958, affiliated with the Surrealism movement. The installation is contained within dimensions of 11 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 3 5/8 inches and is part of the collection of Donald Karshan in New York.

The artwork presents a delicate assemblage nestled within a box, a characteristic format for Cornell, who is known for creating intimate, evocative worlds within the confines of such containers. The piece suggests a celestial theme, with celestial maps and diagrams serving as the backdrop. Suspended and affixed objects, which resemble planets and celestial bodies, impart a sense of the cosmic and fantastical. The carefully arranged glasses contain marbles or spheres, further reiterating the celestial motif.

These elements are meticulously curated and placed, conveying a dream-like quality typical of surrealistic works. The harmony of these objects within the compact space invites the viewer into a miniature universe, where Cornell’s fascination with the stars and the vast expanses of the cosmos is palpably felt. This artwork symbolizes a fusion of the everyday with the mystical, encouraging a viewer to delve into an imaginative exploration of the heavens through the lens of Cornell’s unique artistic vision.

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