Please note that in the print catalogue for this sale, this lot appears as number 67T.
Castelli-Feigen-Corcoran (American Dovecote and Shooting Gallery), New York
Acquired from the above by A. Alfred Taubman in November 1980
In December 1949, the Charles Egan Gallery presented Cornell’s first show devoted to the box constructions for which he is so renowned. Titled Aviary, the show consisted of twenty-six bird-dwelling boxes and inaugurated his departure away from the Victoriana and Surrealism of his earlier work toward a more streamlined modernity. In spite of the seeming randomness implied by Cornell’s use of collaged images and material, he produced compositions with great exactitude, pre-determining colors and content to suit an internal narrative much like characters in a theatrical performance. Cornell’s imagery, composed of ordinary objects gathered in bookstores and thrift stores, and inspired by the dioramas in New York’s Museum of Natural History, conveyed a view of nature as a masterly designed environment. Untitled (Aviary series, Parrot with Toy Bell) is an intellectualized version of lyrical beauty, an exact depiction of an unnatural habitat wherein bird, bell and printed matter all comply with the demands of artistic vision.
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