This Terra Foundation-supported exhibition focuses on the work of Joseph Cornell, the American pioneer of collage, montage, and assemblage art, in the decades of the 1930s and 1940s—years that span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as an artist and the heyday of surrealism in the United States.
This exhibition presents key works by Cornell, as well as images by other major artists, such as Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Man Ray. Although Cornell has been the subject of large monographic exhibitions in the United States, Joseph Cornell and Surrealism in New York is the first to place this great American master within the larger international context of surrealism. More specifically, it centers on surrealism’s catalyzing effect on Cornell’s art.
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