JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED
JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED
JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED
JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED
JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED
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JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD

JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot Sold:3,250USD

Lot Details

Description

JOSEPH CORNELL

1903 - 1972

UNTITLED

[2 WORKS]


ink on cut paper, in 2 parts

Sheet: i. 11 by 8½ in. (27.9 by 21.5 cm.); ii. 6⅞ by 7½ in. (17.5 by 19 cm.)

Overall Framed: 16⅛ by 22⅛ in. (41 by 51 cm.)

Executed in 1971. 


PROVENANCE

Private Collection, Long Island (acquired directly from the artist in 1972)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Condition Report

i. This works is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged along the edges of the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet. There is a crease along the vertical center, due to the artist's working method.


ii. i. This works are in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged along the edges of the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet. The sheet has been irregularly cut by the artist along the lower edge. There is a crease along the vertical center, due to the artist's working method. There is a minor crease at the lower left corner, visible upon close inspection.


Both sheets are framed together under Plexiglas.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Private Collection, Long Island (acquired directly from the artist in 1972)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

“[Cornell] had a deeply sensory and emotional understanding of and ability to link the natural, man-made, and poetic, and even the loosest consideration of synesthesia recognizes it as an associational and experiential union of the senses that expands knowledge and memory… Intrinsically, Cornell understood that our minds construct concepts primarily as sensory, experienced images rather than abstractions. Our thoughts, feelings, and memories are largely imagistic in form, and metaphor – whether for Cornell or each of us – is a bridge that we build between internal images and language, if we interpret language as art, music, writing, science, and even technology. And, as Cornell knew so deeply, sensory experience relates closely to spiritual experience because it moves us from the intellectual to the perceptual.” (Roscoe Hartigan, Lynda, Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, p. 87)

Contemporary Art Online | New York
Online bidding closed18 Jul 2019 | 07:30 PM GMT