Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936
Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936

The cult of Cornell

Thirty-five years after artist Joseph Cornell's death, his mystique only grows stronger. Now the Peabody Essex Museum presents a major retrospective on this unlikely visionary.

By David Barber
April 22, 2007

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Dutch clay pipes and Victorian doll heads. Remnants of antique maps and snippets of theatrical handbills. Parrots and cockatoos, starlets and ballerinas, apothecary vitrines and penny-arcade gewgaws. Seashells and postage stamps, thimbles and corks, bric and brac. Found objects from lost worlds. It's the stuff that one man's reveries were made of -- and the raw material for an exquisitely ... (Full article: 1469 words)

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