View full screen - View 1 of Lot 474. JOSEPH CORNELL | UNTITLED (MART 12:10 AM).





1903 - 1972


dated 1/13/71 and inscribed Mart 12:10 AM

ink on onionskin paper

Sheet: 10⅞ by 8⅜ in. (27.6 by 21.3 cm.)

Framed: 16⅛ by 13⅝ in. (41 by 34.5 cm.)

This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged at the corners of the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet due to the artist's chosen media. There is minor discoloration along the edges, visible upon close inspection. There is a pinpoint loss to the paper along the lower edge, visible upon close inspection. There are scattered soft creases, most notably along the upper and lower edges and at the four corners, visible upon close inspection. There is a crease along the vertical center, due to the artist's working method. Framed under Plexiglas.

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

Thence by descent to the present owner

“[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)