Joseph Cornell - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
    Private Collection, Santa Barbara
    Private Collection
    Sotheby’s, New York, September 24, 2014, lot 65
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    University of California Santa Barbara, Collages by Joseph Cornell, 1975, n.p. (illustrated)
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Diverse Directions: A Collector's Choice, Selections from the Charles Craig Collection, December 1987 - February 1988, n.p. (illustrated)
    San Antonio, The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum; Athens, Georgia Museum of Art; Long Beach Museum of Art, High Drama: Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime, January - August 2005
    Washington, D.C., The Smithsonian American Art Museum; Salem, Peabody Essex Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, November 2006 - January 2008, cat. no. 157, pl. 122, p. 277 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (HÔTEL DE L'ÉTOILE, SUZANNE MILLER), created in the 1960’s, depicts a photographic portrait collage of Cornell’s friend, the television actress Suzanne Miller. A performer on the Tonight Show with Steve Allen as well as a regular on The Honeymooners, Miller appears in two of Cornell’s underground films and plays an important role in his early artistic output. The two exchanged many letters and collages, and the present lot, Untitled (HÔTEL DE L'ÉTOILE, SUZANNE MILLER) is a testament to their mutual affection and the significance of Miller as a muse for Cornell’s collages.



circa 1960
ink, pencil, printed paper and photograph collage on board
11 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (29.2 x 26.4 cm)

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $269,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 May 2016