Cornell, Joseph

BORN 24 Dec 1903, Nyack, New York - DIED 29 Dec 1972, New York City, New York
GRAVE LOCATION Nyack, New York: Oak Hill Cemetery, 140 North Highland Avenue

Son of a textile merchant. He grew up in Nyack near New York City. After his father's death in 1917 the family moved to Queens, New York City. For most of his life he lived at Flushing, New York City.

As an artist he was best known for his assemblages made from objects that he found. His work was infuenced by constructivism and surrealism. Hollywood starlets, classical ballet dancers and birds inspired him. He had no formal art education but he was well read and from the 1940s to the 1960s he was in contact with the New York art scene.

In 1936 his film "Rose Hobart" was shown. It was entirely made of film fragments that he had found in warehouses in New Jersey. He experimented with film for the rest of his life.


The grave of Joseph Cornell at Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack.
Picture by Androom (13 Apr 2010)


Wikipedia (EN):

Cornelsen, Hildegard

Published: 08 Jan 2011
Last update: 25 Feb 2022